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Mum! The Monsters!

Mum, The Monsters

‘Mum! The Monsters!’ is the perfect  book for little ones who are afraid of the dark

A fabulous book written by Liliana Cinetto and wonderfully illustrated by Poly Bernatene

Mum! The Monsters! helps small children realise that they do not have to be afraid at bedtime

Our Review:

Quite a few children are scared of the dark – they think there are monsters lurking in the bedroom, in wardrobes and closets, and under the bed. This is a book that can help them in a fun and adventurous way.

‘Mum! The Monsters’ defiantly gets an excellent review for us – and rightly so!

We purchased the paperback version which is 24cm x 24cm and consists of 29 pages. The words are written in lowercase. They are clear, and easy for confident, early readers to start tackling.

If your child cannot read, or prefers you to read the story to them, they will certainly have a blast observing the illustrations! (Make sure they keep an eye out for the little blue teddy bear on nearly every page!)

‘Mum! The Monsters! is a highly entertaining storybook, and the amazing illustrations help to relieve the tension that many children suffer at bedtime. 

The only thing is as it deals with monsters, the illustrations may scare younger, sensitive children.

Mum, The Monsters!

 But as the story goes on, the illustrations become very comical, and the aim is to get your child laughing at these scary figures and realising that they are silly and harmless.

The hero of the day is ‘Mum’ – Normally mum goes into her little boys bedroom, turns on the light and sings him songs until he falls back to sleep. But one day, she decides to tell him “You’re a big boy now. You shouldn’t be afraid any more”. Then she takes drastic action right before his wide eyes! Mum comes to the rescue armed with her very own special weapons to erase monsters from the home once and for all!

Mum, The Monsters

Summary:

Mum! – The Monsters! – such a great story written by Liliana Cinetto, fabulous illustrations by Poly Bernatene. (The U.S title is called ‘Mom! The Monsters!)

This is a great story not only for Halloween, but also any time of the year. It is especially aimed at children who are afraid of going to bed at night. This book teaches them that there’s no need to be scared of hairy monsters with sharp teeth that smell of dirty socks. Ghosts that float around trailing dust and cobwebs. Witches with messy hair and yellow eyes. And huge ogres with mouths full of green drool. It’s these monsters who need to be very afraid, because tonight they have met their match, and this hero doesn’t need a cape! 

Always support your child, never ridicule their fears – help them to overcome their fears in a gentle way

Mum, The Monsters

See the video of our storyteller Sherry reading ‘Mum, The Monsters!’

Sherry has included a bonus feature that has questions to get your child talking and thinking about ‘being afraid of monsters’

Please drop a comment and let us know how your child reacted to the story!

Mum! The Monsters

 

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The Colour Monster

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The Colour Monster – A fabulous ‘must-have’ book by Anna Llenas.

This is a must have book for your child’s book collection!

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The Colour Monster

Appealing colours and a loveable main character.

The pictures are illustrated in such a creative way using cardboard and paper as Anna Llenas takes re-cycling to a new level! – a truly beautiful layout that captures the attention of any child – and adult! And the actual story is truly heart-warming.

Does your child need help with understanding feelings and emotions?

‘The Colour Monster’ is here to teach children about feelings, as each beautiful colour leads to an emotion. It will also help children build understanding and empathy towards others, as in the story the emotions are attached to deep descriptions of how the little furry Monster feels inside and how he is able to cope:

Here’s a snippet of what each colour means in this story:

  • YELLOW – HAPPINESS
  • BLUE – SADNESS
  • RED – ANGER
  • BLACK – FEAR
  • GREEN – CALM
  • PINK – LOVE

Discussions

The Colour Monster can lead on to an engaging discussion with children – 

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You can ask them…

  • If they think other colours could have been used e.g Black – why does black have to represent fear? –  black can represent bravery!
  • Blue could be calmness.
  • Pink could represent happiness,
  • Red could be love? Or is that too typical!?
  • What about the colours orange, purple, grey, brown, white – which feelings and emotions do they provoke?

After you’ve read this story to your child, get them to get out their crayons and have fun drawing this enjoyable character!

Go on a delightful journey with this sweet little Monster – you’ll be glad that you did!

 

See our video to get a feel of ‘The Colour Monster’ before you decide to take him home!… 

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The Colour Monster read by our storyteller ‘Sherry’…

Anna Llenas has also created ‘The Colour Monster pop-up book’, and ‘The Colour Monster Activity book’ – be sure to check them out too!

Safely browse though  ‘The Colour Monster’ and various other books by Anna Llenas on the BOOK DEPOSITORY, or below you will see our hand-picked choices

The Colour Monster plush toys Anna Llenas

 

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‘I Don’t Like Gloria’ – Storytelling with Sherry

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I Don’t Like Gloria’!

This is a fun book that has mixed reviews.

In the original version by Kaye Umansky, the dog was named Calvin, now he is called Colin.

‘I Don’t Like Gloria’ can be seen as an entertaining story about sibling rivalry, but some may see it as being enemies and ganging up on others – We choose to see it as a great opportunity to start talking about how it isnt nice to not like someone because they are different! This story can be used in a positive way to talk about a few topics and get a better understanding!

We would love to hear what you think of ‘I Don’t like Gloria!’

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‘I Don’t Like Gloria!’ Read by Sherry

Written by Kaye Umansky, Illustrations by Margaret Chamberlain

Music credit: ‘Without U’ produced by Adamack, for shadowville Productions

 

 

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Storytelling: Shark In The Park by Nick Sharratt

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Shark In the Park

Children love storytelling – they are utterly mesmerised by books.

Their little eyes widen as they hang on every word that they are attentively listening to. A fun story book is what children really want!

My name is Sherry, and I love reading stories to little children.

Shark in the Park, by Nick Sharratt. It’s such a fun story, and kids just can’t get enough of it!

Shark in the Park is honestly one of my favourite books for kids!

I did have my storytelling video here and on Youtube, but I had to remove it due to the author not wishing me to have it on the internet – sorry about that! – I’ve had to remove all my Nick Sharratt storytelling videos

BUT good news! – My version of ‘Shark In The Park’ is featured on another channel! So you can view it below!!!

 

I love the way ‘Shark In The Park’ builds suspense, and the build-up continues as the children believe that they are really seeing a shark’s fin, I mean, what else could it be?… Find out!

I’ve read this storybook over and over to the same children in my classroom during my time as an English teacher in  Spanish nurseries – and during my live storytelling events –  every single time the children have sat gazing at the page intensely, bursting with excitement, and laughing their heads-off – they never, ever got tired of hearing this fun story over and over again.

‘Shark In The Park’ really is a book that you need to have! I’m so glad that I came across it – I need to share it’s wonderful existence with you all.

Shark In The Park also comes in various versions!:

Shark in the Park, Shark in the Dark, Shark in the Park on a Windy Day

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  • Shark In the Dark – (Glow in the Dark Version)
  • Shark in the Park on a Windy Day!
  • Shark In The Park – (Jamboree Storytime Level A version. The prices vary as these Shark in the Park versions come in different sizes and some are activity books with stickers)

I will be bringing you many other wonderful, fun stories that spark excitement and imagination. There are so many fun story books out there! Tell me you children’s favourite ones in the comments!

Shark in the Park read by Sherry
Shark in the Park – written by Nick Sharratt

‘Shark in the Park’ – If you love this book as much as I do, you can check out the buying options here:

 

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