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Monster may think he wants to be in a scary story, but then again . . . A hilarious return by the team that brought us Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise. Our author would like to write a funny story, but his main character Monster has a different idea. He wants to be the star of a chilling, petrifying, utterly terrifying SCARY story. But scary stories . . . well, they can be veMonster may think he wants to be in a scary story, but then again . . . A hilarious return by the team that brought us Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise. Our author would like to write a funny story, but his main character Monster has a different idea. He wants to be the star of a chilling, petrifying, utterly terrifying SCARY story. But scary stories . . . well, they can be very scary especially for their characters! Particularly when they involve dark forests and creepy witches and spooky houses . . . Oh yikes and crikes, this is definitely not the scary story Monster had in mind! Maybe he wants to be in a funny story after all!"...

Title : I Want to Be in a Scary Story
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ISBN : 9780763689537
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 32 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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I Want to Be in a Scary Story Reviews

  • Ron Charles
    2018-10-18 22:19

    This year, the new Halloween picture book you should take home to mummy is “I Want to Be in a Scary Story,” by Sean Taylor. Presented as a conversation between Little Monster and the narrator, it’s a book that insists upon dramatic reading:“I want to be in a SCARY story,” Little Monster announces with his big purple head and yellow eyes.“A funny story might be more fun,” the narrator advises.“Not for me, it won’t be!” Little Monster insists.And so the story begins, as requested, “in a dark and scary forest.” But almost immediately Little Monster requests modifications.Gosh, does it have to be a whole scary forest? Couldn’t it just be a spooky house?A witch, really? How about a ghost instead?Honestly, it’s a hoot, and Jean Jullien’s big-brush illustrations are as cute as a basket of werewolf cubs. Long before school forces them to learn a bunch of dead literary terms, you’ll be teaching your little fiends about tone, dramatic irony and narrative structure. But don’t mention any of that on Halloween. Nothing drives a stake through the heart of a great book like turning it into a lesson. Just read it — and howl together.To read the rest of this review, go to The Washington Post:

  • James Benham
    2018-11-09 21:25

    Some big, bold, bright illustrations and lovely storytelling. You can't help but love the cheeky, naive Little Monster. An excellent book for reading to a class.

  • Daisy Toomey
    2018-11-07 19:19

    I liked the comical value of this book and I could see it going down a treat in KS1 in particular. The indecisive, light hearted plot is pulled off well. The unconventional narrator-character dialogue was one that I feel would be appreciated more by KS1. As books go it kind of reminded me of "The three pigs" by David Wiesner where the characters take the plot into their own hands (just a little less trippy).

  • SarahEmily1990
    2018-10-26 20:34

    I like the way the font is different colours to show when the monster is talking (purple as the little monster is purple) and when the narrator is talking. I also like that some of the words are in capitals for emphasis. Lovely pictures

  • Olivia Tosti
    2018-10-19 20:30

    The cutest, innocent, gappy mouthed monster! Would be a good book to read around Halloween as could then create there own monsters!

  • Claire Holloway
    2018-10-28 19:30

    The character in this book wants to be in a scary story. There is lots of dialogue between the young character who wants to be in a scary story and the person who is writing the story. The young character also controls what happens in the story by voicing their opinion of what they want to do - and has elements of the forth wall. This technique is not used very often in books and it is a great book. The book also has fantastic illustrations which are very appealing and colourful.

  • Emily Moss
    2018-10-24 00:37

    This picture book breaks the fourth wall in that by the end of the story the character of the monster seems to control the story towards the end, almost in a dialogue with the reader. It is a fun story particularly for KS1 children. This could also help children understand the use and purpose of speech and speech bubbles in writing as well as the use of exclamations and postmodern strategies which they could use in their own writing and storytelling.

  • Ruth Ann
    2018-11-12 01:11

    A cute, small purple monster wants to be in a scary story. Our narrator tries to talk him into being in a funny story. That doesn't work.Guess what? Our cute, small purple monster keeps getting scared in this scary story, until he figures out if he does the scaring maybe he won't be scared!It's not really a Halloween book, but it will surely work for an October storytime. :)

  • Angie
    2018-11-07 23:21

    I can see this one being pretty popular in an October story time. Not incredibly groundbreaking but fun. Very fun.

  • Hannah Higson
    2018-10-29 18:41

    Read in english seminar.Good for children to understand that you can talk in different narratives - breaks the traditional form. Children will find it funny

  • Casandria
    2018-11-15 23:41

    Hilarious and smart! I will be using this for a Halloween storytime for sure!

  • Michelle
    2018-11-13 18:36

    Think of the Elephant and Piggie "We are in a book" where the narrator is communicating with the character in the story. Love it! So cute and well done.

  • Helen White
    2018-10-26 21:25

    Dead cute little monster wants to be in a scary story but it's too scary. That big creepy castle and the ghost ooooooooo. So changes will have to be made.

  • Nikki
    2018-11-16 00:12

    This gets four stars for its solid use of "jeepers creepers".

  • Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
    2018-11-03 01:20

    This would make a funny read aloud.

  • Selena
    2018-11-13 20:13

    Summary: Little Monster loves stories, especially stories he is in. The writer and Little Monster work together to create the perfect story just for him. This Little Monster is not like most monsters, he does not want to be in a typical scary story. Sometimes he can’t make up his mind. Read on to find out just what kind of story Little Monster wants. Explore different narrative genres and watch the creative writing process develop in this cute Halloween beginning reader’s book. Evaluation: This story does a wonderful job presenting and illustrating the conversation between Little Monster and the writer. The inter-dialog between the two main characters is obvious to the reader because of the font color and supporting illustrations. The indecisive vision Little Monster has for his story changes several times throughout the book. This represents the creative writing process as a developing system of ideas and intentions. At the end, Little Monster gets his very own perfect story that he can share with readers and inspire them to create their own visions as well. Teaching Point: This cute and funny story is a great beginning reader book to share with elementary students as a warm welcome into the Halloween holiday. The author Sean Taylor does a fantastic job sharing the joy of creating a story from scratch. The conversations between the writer and Little Monster give readers a glimpse into the vast world of creative writing. This book could be used in the elementary classroom setting as an English Language Arts lesson on creative writing and supportive illustrations. The illustrator, Jean Jullien makes it easy for readers to relate to Little Monster and his indecisive directions for his story. Every other page is a close-up of Little Monster as if he is talking to the reader themselves. These drawings help readers feel a part of the conversation in the text. In between those pages are the detailed illustrations of the following stories. This book will teach readers that writing any story takes time and plenty of thought and that is okay – it is a personal process.

  • Alex Baugh
    2018-10-28 02:20

    A little purple monster tells an unseen author that he wants to be in a scary story. The only problem is that every time the author begins a story, it’s too scary for little purple monster. The dark and scary forest, the spooky house, witch inside the spooky house, the ghost inside the spooky house all prove to be too much for little purple monster. Maybe it would be better if little purple monster were in a funny story about a tweet-weeny monkey and his friend - a ginormous monkey. Scared, the little monster runs off, but in the end, he’s the guy in a scary story who get the last laugh. And, yes, little purple monster wants to be in another story the next day. Julien’s bold ink and digitally colored illustrations done in a palette of Halloween colors add lots of scary ambience to the story. Though the word Halloween is no where to be found, this is a perfect story to read around that time, but it works year round, too.

  • Heidi
    2018-11-06 00:30

    In this delightful story, Little Monster wants to be in a story. Preferably, a scary story and not a funny story. But when he sees the scary setting with the dark, haunted house and creepy woods, he's not so sure. As the story continues, Little Monster keeps having the narrator adjust the story because he's scared. Finally, he decides that maybe a funny story would be best after all. But his version of what's funny and the narrator's don't exactly match up, leading to a surprising conclusion. I enjoy stories like this one, where the main character and the narrator interact, but only when it's well done. Enough of these stories have already been done that it needs a fresh approach to make the book stand out. Focusing this story on scary versus funny helps provide that freshness, as does a couple of the twists and turns the story takes. This is a fun book that is bound to be both a little scary and a little funny, a perfect read-aloud for Halloween.

  • BiblioBickie
    2018-11-12 20:36

    Set up as a back-and-forth discussion between Little Monster and someone else who is presumably in charge (the narrator? the author?), this is a great book for new readers to alternate with a more experienced reader or for reader's theater. The large text alternates between purple (Little Monster) and black (author). It can also can work as a read-aloud, especially for Halloween, though this is not a specific Halloween book. There is a lot to talk about with regard to expectations and communication.Little Monster wants to be in a scary story, but when the author provides a few openings, they are a bit TOO scary. Eventually, Little Monster explains the desire to be the one to do the scaring. The author still has a surprise for Little Monster, not matching expectations again. Finally, Little Monster has the last laugh at the author's expense.

  • Ying Lee
    2018-10-19 00:34

    Little Monster wants to be a story so badly that the narrator tries to create different scenarios to realize Little Monster's dream. However, Little Monster is scared by the story with the dark and scary forest, a scary witch, a ghost, and a monkey and his gigantic friend. Even though scarred, Little Monster finds a way to scare every scary character he meets before! This book is good to read to children particularly when Halloween is approaching. Many children might be associated with Little Monster who wants to scare others instead of being scared. Incorporating metafictive devices, the author makes the narrator becomes one of the characters to converse with Little Monster so as to move the story forward! Illustrations are with simple lines and colors with the vividly portrayal of Little Monster's facial expression!

  • Stephanie Tournas
    2018-10-27 20:35

    In back and forth narration, a little purple monster and an unseen grown-up discuss what it means to be in a scary story. Who is doing the scaring? Who is getting scared? It turns out, it's not completely clear. It would be easy to use this book as an adult/child read, as the grown-up dialogue is in black and the little monster dialogue is in purple. The diminutive purple monster is childlike and unscary to the reader, but the alternating scenes of haunted houses and creepy critters will have all listeners on the edge of their seats (in a good way!) The ending is a perfect laugh-out-loud surprise, great for reading aloud at Halloween or any time. Illustrations in ink and digital color are big, bold and vivid, and the heavy black outlines make for easy viewing.

  • Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
    2018-11-01 21:24

    Taylor, Sean I Want to be in a Scary Story, illustrated by Jean Jullien. PICTURE BOOK. Candlewick, 2017. $16.Little Monster wants to be in a scary story today, so the author puts him in a spooky forest, in a spooky house. But Little Monster decides that the story is too spooky, so with a few others he turns things around on the author. If you are looking for a cute Halloween book guaranteed not to scare your little listeners, then here you have a good one. While it has witches and ghosts, it goes for a light note.Pre-K, EL (K-3) – ADVISABLE. Cindy, Library Teacher

  • Alice
    2018-10-28 18:15

    If you dare to read my reviews, you know I can BE TOUGH! I have made grown ups cry so when I like something, I will like it and defend it to the death so....wait for it!4.25 starsthis wasFUN!!! I love that the author is talking to the little monster. It is a whole lot of fun and silliness and a little scary. I love the expletives! " Yikes and Crikes" and "Golly gosh" This got a smile out of me...and you must know that is NOT easy!!!

  • Becky
    2018-10-18 23:39

    Didn't entirely win me over, but a good little interactive story. It actually does a decent job of making sure kids specify what they really want, ex. "I want to be in a scary story" did not translate to "I want to do the scaring" until the monster actually said it. I think kids will enjoy it more than I did. A good addition if your Halloween/scary picture books get wiped out in October... or September.

  • Teresa Edmunds
    2018-11-09 02:16

    I wanted to love this book but it was just okay. Little monster wants to be in a scary story, but not too scary. The narrator starts several stories, and the pictures illustrate what is happening, but each story is too scary for little monster. Finally, he helps tell the story he wants and creates a surprise at the end. The pictures are cute but simple. Because the story starts and stops, it feels a bit clunky.

  • Grace Buckner
    2018-11-11 20:39

    This book is about a small monster who is so excited and wants to be in a scary story! But, he quickly realizes that a scary story is TOO scary for him, until he thinks it might be okay if he is the "scarer" in the story. This book is great because it shows all of the perspectives and is very relatable for a child. I would use this book to teach on opinion writing, to allow students to write about why they would or would not want to be in a scary story, after reading this book.

  • Micha O'Connor
    2018-11-17 18:34

    The author/ illustrator team behind Hoot Owl team up again. Narrator wants to put Little Monster in a funny story, but he has another idea. In a two-person read (like the Elephant and Piggie books) Monster reacts to the different scenes in which he finds himself. Maybe he doesn’t want to be in a scary story after all. It was alright for a young preschool audience, with its cartoonish, juvenile drawings. Optional purchase

  • Tara Harries
    2018-10-17 20:36

    The character in this book wants to be in a scary story and there is dialogue with the author about what he wants to happen in the story. I thought this book was great to read aloud as children will find it a funny story. The different colours or narrative clearly show which character is speaking throughout. I also really liked the illustrations.

  • Amy Oberts
    2018-11-11 22:24

    "I Want to Be in a Scary Story" continues the ever-popular trend of engaging the reader/listener in the storytelling process by "breaking the fourth wall." The author, Sean Taylor, expertly crafted two distinct voices to narrate the tale, and the unexpected plot twists that result from the narrators switching roles caused me to laugh out loud. Perfect for fall-themed story hours!

  • Michelle (FabBookReviews)
    2018-11-08 02:37

    The team behind one of my go-to preschool read alouds- Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise– is back with a Halloween-ready story about a little monster who claims to want to be in a scary story…but does monster really want the spookiness and frights that go along with starring in a scary story? This is a slightly more text-heavy picture book, but the interactive element and story is so appealing that I think this could be perfect for a preschool and up ages storytime.