Ten Birds Meet a Monster
Kids Can Press—2013
Ages 6 to 11, Grades 1 to 6
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Ten Birds Meet a Monster is the follow-up to artist Cybéle Young’s award-winning picture book Ten Birds, and it is every bit as fun as the original. It features Young’s beautiful chiaroscuro pen-and-ink drawings and a band of birdy engineers.
In this book, ten birds encounter a shadowy monster in the other room, and they must figure out how to get rid of it using a pile of laundry. The laundry piles in my house are frightening enough, but the birds figure out how to make them even scarier by building creatures such as a “Bristling Fang-Mangler” and a “Horrific Hooded-Smasher.”
As each bird joins in the creative process, the clothing-creatures become larger and larger, but it it the tenth bird—always easily distracted— who cracks the case. You’ll have to read to find out what he discovers about the “monster” lurking in the other room.
This counting book has many important lessons and some laughs to share. It is perfect for the Halloween season because it shows that the things we fear might not be so scary after all. It also highlights the importance of cooperation—the ten birds in the story work together to create creatures that will scare the “monster” away. I love that it models creative problem-solving and ingenuity for my kids, and I think you will, too.