A Monster Is Coming! (Step Into Reading: Step 2 Reading with Help)

by David L Harrison (Author) Hans Wilhelm (Illustrator)

"Beginning readers who crave suspense will be drawn to this gentle spin on the 'Chicken Little' motif."--Kirkus Reviews

When Inchworm misunderstands a conversation between Mama Bug and her baby, he warns Toad who tells Rabbit. Rabbit tips off Mouse who alerts Fox. Before long they've concocted a monster of a rumor that is flat-out funny! This Step 2 story has basic vocabulary and short sentences. It is perfect for emergent readers.
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PreS-Gr 1--Beginning readers who crave suspense will be drawn to this gentle spin on the "Chicken Little" motif. As a smiling Mama watches Baby Bug chomp on a leaf she says, "You eat like a monster," prompting a nearby inchworm to cry, "Monster! Inch for your lives!" He hides in leaves, although his bottom sticks out. Inchworm tells Toad, who unsuccessfully hides under a tree root and then spreads the news to Mouse. Mouse sends the alarm to Rabbit: "A hairy, horrible monster is coming!" Then Fox comes along and asks, "What is going on around here?" Hearing the answer, he dives into a hole. From her high chair on a branch, Baby Bug looks down at the animals, puzzled: "Why is everyone hiding?" When they advise her to "Fly for your life!" and say why, the little bug states, "I'm so hungry I could eat a monster." "Have you heard? Baby Bug ate the monster!" Inchworm shouts. The animals rejoice and Baby Bug happily eats another leaf. Wilhelm's expressive, cheerfully colored cartoon illustrations reflect the fact that there is nothing to fear and provide a lot of picture clues to help decode the clever, descriptive text. Offer this with Rebecca Emberley's Chicken Little (Roaring Brook, 2009) and Rafe Martin's Foolish Rabbit's Big Mistake (Putnum, 1985) for different ways to tell a similar story.--Laura Scott, Farmington Community Library, MI

Copyright 2011 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.
David L Harrison
DAVID HARRISON has written over 70 books for children and adults, including the Step into Reading titles, Wake Up, Sun!, Johnny Appleseed: My Story, and Paul Bunyan: My Story. He lives in Missouri.

HANS WILHELM is the author-illustrator of more than 200 children's books. His books have been translated into 20 languages and have become successful animated television series that are enjoyed by children all over the world. Hans is the author-illustrator of the popular early reader series Noodles (Scholastic). He lives in Connecticut.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication date
February 20, 2011
Step Into Reading: Step 2 Reading With Help
BISAC categories
JUV019000 - Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
JUV002000 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | General
Library of Congress categories
Forest animals
Food habits

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