Jeremy Draws a Monster










Jeremy Draws a Monster by Peter McCarthy

Henry Holt & Company, September 2009

Suitable for: Ages 3-6 pre-school – Grade One

Themes/topics: This is a story about wanting to be alone and not wishing to socialise with other children, whether you are a dreamer or introvert. The story shows you what can happen when you let that go too far and you really ought to make friends. It’s a great story for teaching introverted kids to let go and just play.


Opening and Brief synopsis:

Jeremy lived on the top floor of a three-storey apartment building.

Synopsis: Alone in his room, Jeremy draws amonster. But then themonster wants lunch! As his creation takes over, Jeremy begins to wonder how he will ever get rid of themonstrous nuisance.He entertains his unwanted guest all day, but enough is enough. Jeremy finally draws him a bus ticket out of town!

Links to resources: Activities for introverted kids, parenting tips for the shy child, more parenting tips, monster crafts.

I loved the twist in this tale and the beautiful interesting illos. It seems like a really unique book in many ways. Definitely one you can learn a lot from in terms of writing a pb. Love it!

Have a great weekend and don’t forget to check out all the PPBF’s over on Susanna’s blog.

28 thoughts on “Jeremy Draws a Monster

  1. What a fantastic story! I have to admit my eldest has a tendency to want to stay inside and daydream, especially on school days. If he could stay in his pajamas after nap time he would be in heaven.

  2. Future grandchild! How exciting, Barbara!
    My eldest is a bit of a dreamer too, Kristen.
    Happy Birthday to your toddler, Yatin!
    So do I Connie, it was very clever. I wonder if a child of that age would come up with that on their own, but that’s the beauty of make-believe.

  3. So cute. If my kids were younger–I think I would be spending a lot of money on picture books.
    Have a great weekend :)

  4. This book sounds like it has a great theme! The cover illustration looks really good. I think I should try to find this book! I would love it if my drawings came to life (as long as they weren’t bad drawings or evil drawings…) :)

  5. Always like to see a book written for kids who are shy. Wish I had it for my blog. Great revew and topic!

    My computer must be acting up, because there are several reviews that I can’t see on Susanna’s blog — yours was one and so was Nessa’s.

  6. This book has been on my TBR list for a while. Will need to bump it to the top after this review. My older daughter is a bit shy, will need to check this book out.

  7. What a wonderful idea for a story… I think we need more stories about the quiet kid who wants o be allowed to just be… Great book choice.
    I’m finally catching up again on blog posts. Thanks for your patience! :-)

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