This book brings kids face to face with one of their worst
fears: vegetables. Author, Danny Schnitzlein draws from his own childhood
aversion to peas in order to create a story that helps readers to examine their
The monster that helps get rid of the main character’s peas
soon asks for something in return: his dog. The boy must decide which is more
important to him.
Try this activity with your class after reading The Monster Who Ate My Peas together:
- Ask students to draw a monster that has never
been seen before.
- Allow them to use markers, colored, pencils,
crayons, pipe cleaners, buttons, pom poms, and glue to bring their monsters to
- Then, ask students to write a story about the
monster they created. What is the monster’s name? Was it always a monster? If
not, how did it become a monster? Is the monster really evil or does it just
- After they are done, let the students share the
pictures of their monsters and give a summary of the monster’s background to
- Have fun!
for the full summary of The Monster Who Ate My Peas and here
for the full teacher's guide.
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