After a valiant effort, Leonardo thinks that he has spooked Sam, only to discover the truth. No matter how hard he tries, he can't seem to frighten anyone. What follows is a heart-warming realisation for both Sam and Leonardo. So, he does his research to find the one kid (named Sam) who he’ll be most likely to be able to scare, and goes to do that. While I am not sure if this is a full-fledged series, Neo is happy to scour the library to find more for his bedtime reading ritual. Neo liked this story, more bec. This comes at the perfect time--when I need one more, quick read for the big Halloween program. What follows is a heart-warming realisation for both Sam and Leonardo. They LOVED it, especially Sam's brillant rant. After a valiant effort, Leonardo thinks that he has spooked Sam, only to discover the truth. But he finds out that, while he might not be very good at scaring, there is something he is good at. After his attempt, he ends up changing his plans. Willems, who started as a writer and animator on "Sesame Street," … Determined to succeed, Leonardo sets himself to training and research. Summary: Leonardo is a scary monster who can't scary anyone! Finally, he finds a nervous little boy, and scares the tuna salad out of him! Neo liked this story, more because he could tackle the words and laugh at the silliness found within its pages. My favorite part was Caitlin reading the book to us in class. Vowing that he will "scare the tuna salad" out of someone, he understands a major research project and turns his sights on Sam. The kid's name was Sam, which so happens to be my name. Addresses. He cannot scare anyone. To see what your friends thought of this book. Recommended to Samantha wickedshizuku by: Ha! especially good for children who are afraid of monsters. Powered by Create your own unique website with customizable templates. Start by marking “Leonardo, the Terrible Monster” as Want to Read: Error rating book. The fun "twist" that is explained right away is that the featured monster is "terrible" AT being a monster; he can't frighten anyone! Then one day, after doing much investigation (market researching comes to the picture-book! Children's author Mo Willems has written more than 40 books, and he's at it again. No matter how hard he tries, he can't seem to frighten anyone. Animator and illustrator. Must practice. But then he decides to be the best monster friend he can be. When Mo Willems was 5, he was a huge fan of the comic strip "Peanuts," whiling away many an afternoon drawing Snoopy and Charlie Brown. The unscary monster becoming friends with the boy who needs a friend. 4.5 of 5. After a number of rejections, Willems' simple doodle of a pigeon attracted the eye of an editor. We made predictions using picture cues. CBC Magazine, May, 2005, Mo Willems, "How to Become Rich and Famous in One Easy Step (and Other Stuff That Has Nothing to Do with Making Kids' Books)." Oh my word. Kids love it! ), he discovers the perfect target: Sam. The students loved to page where Sam screams out his long list of things that are wrong. This is a great story about a little monster who can't seem to scare anyone. I related to it even though it was a children's book. Don't miss reading it aloud with kids. One day he wrote a … Mo Willems can also get a little sneaky with his techniques, when reading some of his literature that isn't in the Pigeon Collection, sometimes if you look really close you can find the Pigeon hanging out in some of his other books. One day he decides to find a scaredy cat! We also used this to talk about being a good friend. But scaring people isn't quite as satisfying as he thought it would be. In this piece, we meet Leonardo, a monster who does not seem to be able to spook anyone. This pigeon would become the star of his first book, Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, which won a Caldecott Honor in 2004. After we read "Don't Let The Pigeon Drive the Bus," I knew that I had to read more of Mo Willems' work. Leonardo is truly a terrible monster--terrible at being a monster that is. Leonardo realizes that he might be a terrible, awful monster--but he could be a really good friend. The pictures were cute and big, always good for a group of kids, and the idea of scaring was fresh on our minds as we've recently seen Monsters University, the movie. He sneaks up behind him and makes him cry! Another winner from Mo Willems. "First of all, I said I want to write books for children, and it took many years for publishers to say, 'Okay.' I read this to first grade today. Our girls really enjoyed this story. But when Leonardo's attack produces the effect he'd been hoping for - a tearful victim - he has a change of heart... Short & sweet, with both Leonardo and Sam perfect representations of what it feels like to be a little kid. Career. So he researches the biggest scaredy cats in the world and finds a perfect little boy to scare. Agent—c/o Author Mail, Hyperion Books for Children, 114 Fifth Ave., 14th Fl., New York, NY 10011. Because the art and writing aren't especially exceptional and the idea isn't all that original. This is a cute book about a monster, Leonardo, who is terrible at being a monster; he can’t scare anybody. :), My 5 year old could not stop laughing at Sam's teary outburst, and has now taken to saying "I am going to scare the tuna salad out of you!". Male; Education: New York University, B.F.A. In this piece, we meet Leonardo, a monster who does not seem to be able to spook anyone.