Short Stories for Little Monsters

Short Stories for Little Monsters

Written by: Gay, Marie-Louise
Illustrated by: Gay, Marie-Louise
ages 5 to 8 / grades K to 3

The internationally acclaimed author of the Stella and Sam series has created a collection of short, funny illustrated stories.

This hilarious collection of illustrated stories gives us a glimpse into the things children wonder about every day.

What do cats really see? What do trees talk about? Should you make funny faces on a windy day? Do worms rule the world? Do mothers always tell the truth? Do snails have nightmares?

These short stories are illustrated in vibrant watercolor and collage in cartoon style. They are rich in detail and tiny humorous subplots that will delight all little sharp-eyed monsters.

Key Text Features
humour
speech bubbles
panels

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts: 

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.5
Recognize common types of texts (e.g., storybooks, poems).

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.7
With prompting and support, describe the relationship between illustrations and the story in which they appear (e.g., what moment in a story an illustration depicts).

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.7
Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.7
Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.7
Explain how specific aspects of a text's illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story (e.g., create mood, emphasize aspects of a character or setting)

The internationally acclaimed author of the Stella and Sam series has created a collection of short, funny illustrated stories.

This hilarious collection of illustrated stories gives us a glimpse into the things children wonder about every day.

What do cats really see? What do trees talk about? Should you make funny faces on a windy day? Do worms rule the world? Do mothers always tell the truth? Do snails have nightmares?

These short stories are illustrated in vibrant watercolor and collage in cartoon style. They are rich in detail and tiny humorous subplots that will delight all little sharp-eyed monsters.

Key Text Features
humour
speech bubbles
panels

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts: 

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.5
Recognize common types of texts (e.g., storybooks, poems).

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.7
With prompting and support, describe the relationship between illustrations and the story in which they appear (e.g., what moment in a story an illustration depicts).

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.7
Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.7
Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.7
Explain how specific aspects of a text's illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story (e.g., create mood, emphasize aspects of a character or setting)

Published By Groundwood Books Ltd — Mar 1, 2017
Specifications 48 pages | 9 in x 12 in
Written By

MARIE-LOUISE GAY is an internationally acclaimed children's book creator. She has won two Governor General’s Literary Awards, the Vicky Metcalf Award for Children’s Literature and the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. She has also been nominated for the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and the Hans Christian Andersen Award. Her popular Stella and Sam series has been translated into more than fifteen languages and is loved by children all over the world. She lives in Montreal, Quebec.

Illustrated by

MARIE-LOUISE GAY is an internationally acclaimed children's book creator. She has won two Governor General’s Literary Awards, the Vicky Metcalf Award for Children’s Literature and the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. She has also been nominated for the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and the Hans Christian Andersen Award. Her popular Stella and Sam series has been translated into more than fifteen languages and is loved by children all over the world. She lives in Montreal, Quebec.

Audience ages 5 to 8 / grades K to 3
Reading Levels Lexile GN380L
Key Text Features humor; speech bubbles; panels
Common Core CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.5
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.7
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.7
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.7
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.7

Short-listed, Governor General's Literary Award, Young People's Literature — Illustrated Books, 2017

Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids and Teens, 2017

Commended, Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year, 2018

Short-listed, Governor General's Literary Award, Young People's Literature - Illustrated Books, 2017

Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids and Teens, 2017

Commended, Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Book of the Year, 2018

"This volume is worth reading multiple times to enjoy the humor and to revisit the witty illustrations and snappy dialogue." — School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW

"Original, inventive, pore-overable, and child-pleasing; it's well worth being deemed a "little monster" to be the audience for this book." — Horn Book, STARRED REVIEW

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