Each week, I review some of the books we’ve read with Squirm:
Love Monster by Rachel Bright
Love Monster introduces us to a monster, reminding us that monsters are funny looking things in a world of cute, fluffy and extremely lovable things. One day the monster decided to head out and find someone who would love him just the way he was. He looked everywhere, but just as he decided to give up . . . Everything changed.
This is a bright and lovely looking book with a few visual jokes that the adults reading it would enjoy. Although, it’ve very different in look, this would be a great book to pair with The Red Tree by Shaun Tan. Both books deal with similar topics.
You could look at direction here – related to the part where the Monster goes looking for love. (He looks high and low and middle-ish) You could also look at all the good features things have even if they’re not cute and fluffy.
Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems
We’re big Mo Willems fans around here, spending many hours reading the Pigeon books. This is the first in the Knuffle Bunny books about Trixie. In this book, she’s not very big and can’t really talk. However, she loves heading out with her father through the neighbourhood and to the laundromat. Unfortunately, when she gets to the laundromat, she’s too busy playing with the laundry to keep an eye on Knuffle Bunny. As they head home, Trixie realises that Knuffle Bunny is missing . . .
There’s so much to love about this book. Squirm loved the illustrations which are high contrast black and white photos with colourful, simple illustrations over the top. He spent quite a lot of time looking at the pictures. The story is simple, but highly relatable. I loved the looks on both Trixie and her father’s faces when Trixie realises Knuffle Bunny is gone but can’t really communicate with her father. I think this one will be a favourite that is read over and over again.
If you wanted to relate activities to this book you could create your own story book using photos and pictures. You could write about a favourite toy, or create a map of your own neighbourhood and the places you might visit. There’s a lot of textual elements which could also be discussed when reading this book.