Mini Picturebook Lesson 7: There’s a Monster IN YOUR BOOK by Tom Fletcher


SynopsisA story which shows children how to get rid of a monster in their book.
Lesson accessvia url-link or QR-Code
Equipment for childtablet, phone or laptop, internet connection, perhaps headphones
Materials dictionary (online or paper), craft materials
Language Skillslistening, vocabulary (verbs), speaking (read aloud)
Cross-curricular Linksphysical education
ValuesPersevering, overcoming fear
World Event DayWorld Book Day


  • Equipment: dictionary (online or paper), tablet or laptop & internet connection and perhaps headphones
  • Materials for your Monster: paper, coloured card, coloured pens, scissors,
  • Time: 20-30 minutes

STEP 1: Look at the Cover

LookDescribe the monster on the front cover:  size, colour, face, clothes. 
ThinkAre monsters real or imaginary?
PersonaliseHow would you feel if you saw a monster?
PredictDo you think there is a monster in this book? Why?  Why not?
PersonaliseWhat would you do if there was a monster in this book?
PersonaliseWhat would you do if there was a monster in your room?

Step 2 and Step 3: Listen and Watch

Part AListen and watch for general understanding and enjoyment.
Part BListen and watch again and answer the questions, pause and replay when you need to.
Listen and watch Tom Fletcher read the story.  
 Do the actions Tom Fletcher makes to try to get the monster out of the book. 
 Does Tom Fletcher get the monster out of the book?
Where does the monster go?
What does Tom Fletcher do to get the monster back in the book?
 What does the monster do when he is back in the book?

STEP 4: Add your Voice

Review & MoveWatch the film again, join in with Tom Fletcher and do the actions.
Create Plan how you would get a monster out of your home.
ResearchFind out about 3 different monsters in books or films.
CreateDraw a picture of a monster. Check here for ideas Easy Drawing Ideas
ReviewRemember and do the actions Tom Fletcher makes. 
Your opinionWhich is your favourite part of the story?  Why?

Step 5: Share and Evaluate your work

ShareSend your work to your teacher or share in your virtual classroom.
EvaluateComplete the evaluation sheet to reflect on your learning.
Need Help ? Part A: Read and complete. You can write or say your answers. You can do this on your own, in pairs or in a class discussion.
Part B: Think about how well you did. Choose and draw the smiley face that fits best.

Teacher Notes

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Listen to Monster fact or fiction?


©Ellis, G. & Gruenbaum, T. for PEPELT 2020

There’s a Monster IN YOUR BOOK by Tom Fletcher, published by Puffin 2017

Video © Puffin Time for Stories