The students loved to page where Sam screams out his long list of things that are wrong. I also think his books have some of my favorite "page-turns.". After we read "Don't Let The Pigeon Drive the Bus," I knew that I had to read more of Mo Willems' work. Welcome back. And has this, uh, unprecedented year gotten completely in the way of... Leonardo is truly a terrible monster--terrible at being a monster that is. One day he decides to find a scaredy cat! Also, gotta love books with good characterization, fun word choices, and true narrative arcs, that aren't too long for storytime. Maybe a level 1 reader book for young readers. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. The kid's name was Sam, which so happens to be my name. I read this to first grade today. Oh my word. Lots of fun to read aloud because you get to make monsters faces and noises, say "tuna salad" twice, and be super dramatic during the big Sam meltdown. But scaring people isn't quite as satisfying as he thought it would be. September 1st 2005 For five years, Willems tried to write and illustrate children's books. We made predictions using picture cues. Children's author Mo Willems has written more than 40 books, and he's at it again. 4.5 of 5. Agent—c/o Author Mail, Hyperion Books for Children, 114 Fifth Ave., 14th Fl., New York, NY 10011. "First of all, I said I want to write books for children, and it took many years for publishers to say, 'Okay.' My son had a blast reading it, and I think that that's all that matters to a parent. #1 New York Times Bestselling author and illustrator Mo Willems is best known for his Caldecott Honor winning picture books, Charlotte Zolotow Award Nominee for Highly Commended Title (2006), Voices & Sounds - Best Read Alouds for Young Children, Edwina the Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was Extinct, You Can Never Find a Rickshaw When it Monsoons, Goodreads Members Suggest: Favorite Very Quick Reads. Vowing that he will "scare the tuna salad" out of someone, he understands a major research project and turns his sights on Sam. And this is excellent! Addresses. Finally, he finds a nervous little boy, and scares the tuna salad out of him! ... Children's book author-illustrator Mo Willems (with Rita Braver) in Paris. We read this with Kindergarten. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published Some books are better because other recent books you read weren't. But then he decides to be the best monster friend he can be. I loved the way the illustrations in his book seem simple, but manage to include lots of things that complement the words on the page. In this piece, we meet Leonardo, a monster who does not seem to be able to spook anyone. After a valiant effort, Leonardo thinks that he has spooked Sam, only to discover the truth. The pictures were cute and big, always good for a group of kids, and the idea of scaring was fresh on our minds as we've recently seen Monsters University, the movie. Determined to succeed, Leonardo sets himself to training and research. I have been reading Mo Willems’ books for a long time and I have recently stumbled upon his book called “Leonardo the Terrible Monster!” “Leonardo the Terrible Monster” is a children’s book by Mo Willems which is about a small monster named Leonardo who tries to be a scary monster, but cannot do so effectively, so he tries to find a child that he could easily scare. Neo liked this story, more because he could tackle the words and laugh at the silliness found within its pages. Must practice. After his attempt, he ends up changing his plans. After a valiant effort, Leonardo thinks that he has spooked Sam, only to discover the truth. Vowing that he will "scare the tuna salad" out of someone, he understands a major research project and turns his sights on Sam. Great book that will have young children thinking about this important subject. No matter how hard he tries, he can't seem to frighten anyone. It's hard to say if that's true in this case. So, he does his research to find the one kid (named Sam) who he’ll be most likely to be able to scare, and goes to do that. This comes at the perfect time--when I need one more, quick read for the big Halloween program. Aside from Mo Willems being a picture book genius, this book it cute because it challenges readers to think about how who they are tempted to be and who they are supposed to be are sometimes different. Awww. Did you set an extremely ambitious Reading Challenge goal back in January? I have been reading Mo Willems’ books for a long time and I have recently stumbled upon his book called “Leonardo the Terrible Monster!” “Leonardo the Terrible Monster” is a children’s book by Mo Willems which is about a small monster named Leonardo who tries to be a scary monster, but cannot do so effectively, so he tries to find a child that he could easily scare. Mo Willems, children's author superstar, has yet another series to dazzle young readers. Be the first to ask a question about Leonardo, the Terrible Monster. “Leonardo the Terrible Monster” is a truly brilliant book that children everywhere will easily love for many years! Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. While I am not sure if this is a full-fledged series, Neo is happy to scour the library to find more for his bedtime reading ritual. Five stars for the real reason Sam was crying! Finally, he finds a nervous little boy, and scares the tuna salad out of him! It's a fun story to read aloud, and the pictures are very simple, but expressive. This is a great story about a little monster who can't seem to scare anyone. Refresh and try again. Poor Leonardo just cannot scare anyone, but sometimes you have to come to terms with doing what you are good with, not what everyone else thinks you should do. Overall, Willems has a very unique writing technique, as … The fun "twist" that is explained right away is that the featured monster is "terrible" AT being a monster; he can't frighten anyone! :), My 5 year old could not stop laughing at Sam's teary outburst, and has now taken to saying "I am going to scare the tuna salad out of you!". Willems, who started as a writer and animator on "Sesame Street," … I also wear glasses just like he does. Then one day, after doing much investigation (market researching comes to the picture-book! The unscary monster becoming friends with the boy who needs a friend. Male; Education: New York University, B.F.A. No matter how hard he tries, he can't seem to frighten anyone. Kids love it! I picked this up after listening to Kristine Mraz read it during a workshop. When Mo Willems was 5, he was a huge fan of the comic strip "Peanuts," whiling away many an afternoon drawing Snoopy and Charlie Brown. Animator and illustrator. He goes on the search for the most scaredy-cat kid...will he be able to scare him? So he researches the biggest scaredy cats in the world and finds a perfect little boy to scare. by Hyperion Books for Children. It was rather amusing reading this. It was very predictable (for this adult) but it was sweet. We also used this to talk about being a good friend. He cannot scare anyone. Determined to succeed, Leonardo sets himself to training and research. What follows is a heart-warming realisation for both Sam and Leonardo. Full of fun and "ferocious" monsters, this book is at heart a story of honoring yourself and being grateful to those friends who help us do so. Because the art and writing aren't especially exceptional and the idea isn't all that original. He sneaks up behind him and makes him cry! ), he discovers the perfect target: Sam. Leonardo is truly a terrible monster--terrible at being a monster that is. Another winner from Mo Willems. Neo liked this story, more bec. Another love for us. Overall, it was much enjoyed. Charlotte Observer, April 4, 2006, "Four Questions for Mo Willems." What follows is a heart-warming realisation for both Sam and Leonardo. Career. Don't miss reading it aloud with kids. Daily News (Los Angeles, CA), June 18, 2005, Sherry Joe Crosby, "Author Mo Willems Lets His Imagination Take Wing," p. U7. In this piece, we meet Leonardo, a monster who does not seem to be able to spook anyone. Besides the fact that it's from one of our recent favorite authors, Mo Willems, the story kept the attention of my 5 yr old and preschoolers both. But it's executed on so well. Summary: Leonardo is a scary monster who can't scary anyone! Powered by Create your own unique website with customizable templates. My favorite part was Caitlin reading the book to us in class. Our girls really enjoyed this story. Leonardo realizes that he might be a terrible, awful monster--but he could be a really good friend.