Matthew is convinced there are monsters living in his room - under his bed, in the toy box, and in the closet. Finally, one night he stays awake and tries to figure out what the monsters might look like. He imagines all kinds of colorful and crazy monsters, and then discovers it is just a mouse.
While the story is funny, and perfect for children who are always wondering about monsters, the real magic in this story is the interactive nature of the book. On each page details are given about different things such as what Matthew is wearing, or what he imagines a certain monster to look like. On the following page, there are questions about each of these features, and an opportunity to color in the picture with all the right colors.
Book for Children Ages: 3 years old to 7 years old
- Have you ever been afraid of monsters? What did you do?
- If someone were to describe you right now, what would they say?
- What other things in the room can you describe?
Activities for Kids:
- Play I-Spy with your children, or if they are old enough a simple game of 20 questions.
- Take a walk outside, see how many descriptive words you can think of to describe all the things you see.
- Play a listening game. Choose an object that your child knows well. While you both can see it, describe different features of the object, and sometimes add something that is not a feature of the object. Have your child tell you if the feature you are describing is real or pretend.
- The three things game is a memory game my children love to play. Place any three small object in front of your child. Together say the name of each one. Have them close their eyes, and remove one item from site. Then have them open their eyes and remember what the item was. As this becomes too easy you can add more objects to the puzzle one at a time.
Cultural Diversity: Since Matthew is the only character in this book, there is not any diversity of characters (unless you count the multi-colored monsters).
Children's Book Review Rating: 5 Stars - Beautiful Book