Yuck! That’s Not A Monster! is a book we’ve read several times and laughed each time we’ve read it.
It’s full of adorable monsters with a different perspective on life in which ugly is beautiful and being scary is good.
The story starts with Mr and Mrs Monster awaiting the hatching of their three babies from three monster eggs. In case you’re wondering, monster eggs need to be kept warm by being breathed on with hot, stinky breath. They also need to be screeched to.
The first two babies are perfectly monstrous – spiky, hairy, warty and scary. The third monster, however, is a shocking because he’s pink, fluffy and extremely cute.
The initial solutions the monsters thought of, to solve the problem of a shockingly pink and cute monster baby, made our boys laugh. In fact, we had to re-read those parts several times!
I love the way that this book challenges the concept of colour assignment according to gender as the pink baby is actually a boy. This led to a lively discussion in our house which is full of boys.
The story subtly reinforces that we are all unique individuals with varying skills and characters. Each person, regardless of looks, is special!
Yuck! That’s Not A Monster would be a great book to read in a class situation as the pictures are large, bright and clear. It would also be terrific for dramatising with children.
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