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Tickle Monster

Manceau, Édouard (Author/Illustrator)
Abrams 2015. 28 pages
First published: 2015
ISBN: 9781419717314 (hardcover)
Original language: French
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

character, recurring patterns

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

“Hey, Tickle Monster! You don’t scare me!” Ingenious illustrations deconstruct a Tickle Monster into all its different parts, and repurpose them into new pictures.

Shiny, black pages contrast with bold, white text. A set of bright-coloured shapes in cut-out effects provides the building blocks for each picture. As the monster is gradually dismantled, each part is transformed. The horns become a yellow moon, limbs become a stand of trees, and tummy and ears create a cozy home.

The language focuses on self-empowerment and neutralizing fears. “If I tickle your arms … you can’t catch me!” “If I tickle your tummy … you can’t swallow me!” Nose, eyes and head all go the same way, converted into a nighttime scene that includes a car and family camper. “Phew! I can finally go to sleep.” The ebb and flow of childhood anxieties is acknowledged in the final spreads. “If you ever come knocking on my door, Tickle Monster, beware: I will tickle you again!”

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    Do you think Tickle Monsters really exist? What would you do if you met one?

  •  As you read, pretend to tickle the monster in the illustrations.
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    Make predictions about how the illustrations will transform from page to page, for example, the arms become trees. What might the feet, teeth or eyes become?

  •  Make a collage of your own tickle monster in the same style as the book.
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    Prepare for reading by singing a teacher-suggested song about bodies or playing Simon Says with body vocabulary.

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    As the story is read aloud, role play the body actions.

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    Make predictions about how the illustrations will transform from page to page, for example, the arms become trees. What might the feet, teeth or eyes become?

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    Retell the story as a group, using cards depicting body parts.

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    Using a teacher-prepared handout, cut, match and paste body-related words (swallow, nose, tummy, etc.) onto an outline of a body.

  • To communicate appropriately
  • To use information
  • Drama
  • Physical Education and Health