I have to be honest with you, after Mac Barnett's visit, I decided that perhaps residing in the belly of a wolf may be more of a vocation than I had given it credit for (& yes, you did just read that correctly).
He makes it sound just delightful (....& just quietly, much more the languid pace many of us could use at this point in the year).
In his newest publication The Wolf, The Duck & The Mouse, award winning author Barnett, tells the story of the somewhat luxurious existence of a mouse & a duck, in the belly of a wolf. It's true, I swear - the luxurious part that is: they enjoy decadent meals. And wine. And the piece de resistance? Decadent beeswax candles - I can almost taste the ambience (still doubting my envy?)!
Until that is, a huntsman comes along with the potential to literally tear apart their unruffled existence.
Now, I won't give away the ending for you - I never do (spoiler alerts are just so main media these days), but I will say The Wolf, The Duck & The Mouse is well worth the read not only for it's traces of fable tradition layered with Barnett's distinctively dry & contemporary humor, but also for the harmonious aesthetic characteristically provided by Jon Klassen.
You may already be familiar with some of the distinguished tales of these two for example - Extra Yarn (a Caldecott Honor & Boston Globe-Horn Book) & Sam and Dave Dig a Hole (Caldecott Honor & E.B. White Award), so be sure to keep an eye out for this latest paragon at the RUSD Book Fair or library shelf.
I just can't help but love Halloween - it is so fun and such a great opportunity to connect with our whole community.
So of course, I used this as an excuse to look at some of my favorite monster books in the two weeks leading up to October 31st. And while I didn't want to jump the gun on Halloween (I want to save that deliciousness for the week of Halloween itself), I couldn't resist a little introduction.
So that's why we surrounded ourselves with monsterly love!
Our first book - Marilyn's Monster by Michelle Knudson has us meeting the arrival of your own monster as though it's the ritual of the family pet. Simply everyone in Marilyn's world is getting a monster but the trick is - they pick you, it's not the other way around... which in truth, I'm not sure how well that might work out for me.... I mean, where would this guy live?
All practicalities aside, the kids had a blast watching the arrival of various monsters & choosing which monster they can imagine arriving as their buddy & why. Amongst all the fun, we had a poignant reminder that sometimes, we need to find our own path in life - do things our own way.
I would like to think that underneath all this monster nonsense, this story celebrates the beauty of choice, being unique & following our own path.
Marilyn's Monster was the perfect entry point into our next friendly monster: Leonardo the Terrible Monster by our much loved friend Mo Willems.
This tale reminds us of the qualities of friendship - because clearly, that is something Leonardo is working on, bless him (along with how to be good at his chosen profession).
Whilst underlying this story, students may learn something about vocation, more relevantly, this journey sparks up some great conversations on the kind of friend we can & want to be - look out for this coming home in backpacks from library class.
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