Just in time for Hallowe'en and all things scary, Scholastic Canada sent us Nick Bland's "Monster Chef" as the book of the month we shared in Tales For Tots at momstown Belleville.
Once again, Bland delights us with his storytelling rhyme and fantasitc illustrations …. with a little bit of GROSS in the mix. Marcel, "was a monster of medium size, With crotchety horns and googly eyes" "He was lumpy and bumpy and suitably hairy." He was a better cook than scary monster, and he, "made earthworm spaghetti and cold cactus pies, With some smelly-sock soup and a cockroach surprise. There were rotten bananas on apple-core cake, And a dollop of sludge on a beetle-shell bake."
One night, Marcel accidently leaves his lunch out and a little boy finds it. What happens next takes Marcel by surprise, but now he, "at long last, could take pride in his job!"
"Monster Chef" was a fast, fun read that made us want to start back at the beginning again!
Thanks to Scholastic Canada, Clare got her own copy to read over and over!
The craft, we chose to go with this story, was fun Monster Masks that we decorated to look like Marcel. Pre-cut monster heads and adhesive foam shapes were all we needed, and then we added popsicle stick handles and ran around trying to scare each other!