Monday, December 20, 2010

2011 Colorado Children's Book Award Nominee - Jeremy Draws A Monster by Peter McCarty

Jeremy Draws A Monster by Peter McCarty
Goodreads description:

Alone in his room, Jeremy draws a monster. But then the monster wants lunch! As his creation takes over, Jeremy begins to wonder how he will ever get rid of the monstrous nuisance. He entertains his unwanted guest all day, but enough is enough. Jeremy finally draws him a bus ticket out of town!
With a sure artistic touch and more than a dose of humor, Peter McCarty cleverly blurs the line between his own drawings and Jeremy’s, and in doing so subtly questions the line between reality and imagination.

It’s Monday and time to talk about another book that has been nominated for the 2011 Colorado Children’s Book Award.

I’ll be honest I just didn’t like this book. There’s nothing wrong with it, but there are just so many more wonderful picture books that this one just didn’t make my cut.

Having said that, it’s important to remember that the books nominated for this award are picked by students and voted on by students.  I can see where the illustrations would appeal to young children.  And the monster is somewhat reminiscent of a demanding younger sibling. Anyone who has had to look after a younger brother or sister will sympathize with Jeremy.

In order to vote on this award, students have to have read a minimum of three the nominated books. This was not one of the books I shared with my students, but I think after the winter break, I will show it to them. I would like their opinion.  The book wasn’t written for adults, so it would be interesting to see the reaction of its intended audience.

Recommended for Kindergarten through 2nd Grade.

Mrs. Archer’s Rating: 3 of 5

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