A monster tiptoes into Fidget School one day. The monster is blue and hairy and very disruptive without even trying! He forgets his name and makes silly sounds and stinky smells in silent reading. Even its table manners are not very good but that doesn’t stop the monster being really popular with its classmates. Mr Jedd the Deputy Head gets fed up the disruptive monster and leaves a sign on the gate that reads ‘Monster go Away!’. So the monster walks away upset and the children in school are sad, they don’t even want to play or even eat their lunch. The monster is invited back to school by Mr Jedd and Miss Murray and they are all happy to see their hairy blue friend who proves himself to be a very good student in the end.
Categories: Acceptance & Inclusion, Being Different & Being Yourself
Monsters Not Allowed
A story that may help children understand that if you give someone who is different a chance you may actually really like them and they can do really well in class with some self esteem.
Author: Tracey Hammett Illustrator: Jan McCafferty Publisher: Scholastic
Things we liked:
The creation of a cute blue hairy monster makes it easy to understand why everyone loves it.
The monster is disruptive during lessons and even silent reading so the message to children reading this book may be distorted; condoning silly behaviour inside the classroom.
Review by: Kate Proops