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Everyone knows that the M in "monster" stands for MEAN. But what happens when a monster can't be mean any more? Is he still a monster at all?One young monster's attempts to live up to his name go hilariously awry as he discovers—with a little help from new friends—that it's not what you're called but who you are that counts....

Title : The Monster Who Lost His Mean
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ISBN : 9780805093759
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 40 Pages
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The Monster Who Lost His Mean Reviews

  • Susanna
    2019-03-24 02:55

    All I can say is, what a delightful book! The Monster Who Lost His Mean has everything a great picture book should have: a fun story, engaging illustrations, and a subtle underlying message that gives it real meaning in addition to entertainment value. The story is about a Monster who loses his one-of-a-kind M (thereby making him an Onster.) This change in identity is a struggle for him - how can he grow comfortable with this new version of himself? Young readers will be able to relate to his struggle - we have all had occasion at one time or another to want to reinvent ourselves a bit, but it's hard to buck existing expectations - both our own and those of the people around us. What the Onster realizes, though, is that this new identity belongs to him - he's not changing so much as discovering who he really is. There is a lesson for all of us here about having the courage to recognize and embrace our true selves. The story is told in verse with impeccable rhyme and meter - a pleasure to read aloud - and the illustrations are SO engaging! Bright, colorful, expressive - that little green Onster is impossible to resist. This is one your little ones will demand again and again, and you'll be happy to comply :) Highly recommended!

  • Barbara
    2019-03-01 03:03

    This amusing title also contains a serious message about being true to yourself, even when others make fun of you. When a monster loses the M in his name--the M stands for mean--he is teased by the other monsters, and ends up helping others once he finds his softer, inner nature. When he tries to revert back to his monster side after his former monster clan ridicules him, he just can't do it. But his new friends love him just the way he is. Once I started reading the story, I liked it, but the start was a bit rocky in figuring out why losing the letter M would make him lose his mean side. I'm not sure if that will be clear to young readers. The digital illustrations feature some pages with huge images of the friendly monster and others with smaller images and lots of white space to show just how isolated the monster who becomes an Onster is.

  • Kara
    2019-03-10 06:49

    Opening:"What are traits of a good friend?"*student responses*"What are traits of a not very good friend?"*student responses*"In this story, the author describes some characteristics of monsters. While we read, look for the character traits of a good friend and a not so good friend. Remember that some character traits are positive like kind and some are more negative like mean."Identification of Opening Moves:This opening begins with activating prior knowledge about character traits of good and bad friends. Then I prompt students to search for the traits portrayed through the monsters and which belong to good and not so good friends. It ends with me providing some background information about different kinds of character traits so students have a better idea of what they're looking for.Selection Rationale:I chose this story because Onster doesn't quite fit in with the other monsters so they isolate and bully him. In second grade, students often begin to see how they are similar and different to their peers. This often leads to hurt feelings amongst those who do not quite fit in. It's important for students to know how isolation can make someone feel.

  • Kristi
    2019-02-25 03:51

    This silly, wonderful thoughtful book was so good we had to read it three times. At first you might think it belongs on a Halloween reading list, but it's perfectly suitable for any time of year and any mood. This is one we'll definitely add to our collection!

  • Dolly
    2019-02-25 07:03

    This is an entertaining story about a monster who loses his ability to be mean. Our girls are familiar with Acrostic poems, so they easily understood the concept that the words that correspond to the letters in the word Monster (mean, observant, noisy, super strong, tough to please, envious, and remarkable) defined the character in the book. So when he lost his 'M,' he was no longer mean. It's a bit abstract, but somehow I get the feeling that adults will have a harder time accepting this part of the plot than children will. In any case, the story is a good tale about being true to yourself and not giving in to bullying behavior. The rhyming narrative and cute, colorful illustrations are sure to appeal to younger children, but even older children can appreciate the moral of the story. Overall, it's a good story and we enjoyed reading it together.

  • Kim
    2019-02-27 05:10

    When the Onster lost his M, he also lost his mean – now he's helping with chores and watering Mrs Powers flowers. How will he ever fit in with the other monsters?This wonderful character leaps off the pages with the combination of Tiffany Strelitz Haber's rhyme and Kirstie Edmund's illustrations. He is a m-less onster you won’t be able to resist. Follow the fun and join in the 'hip-hip-hoorays'!(454)Help support Independent book stores - please use this link to find a store near you or to purchase THE MONSTER WHO LOST HIS MEAN:

  • Rosa
    2019-03-21 06:00

    A monster loses his M, making him an Onster. The other monsters make fun of him so he goes and makes friends with humans. He plays with them and helps them with their chores, but he knows the other monsters are still making fun of him and it makes him sad. The monster eventually realizes that he is happier with all of his friends. Bright, colorful and funny illustrations describing the Onsters activity. This is a very visual reading book, so it would be better for a one one one I think. A story time would have the kids too far away which is a shame cause it's a great story.

  • Nitza Campos
    2019-03-24 08:55

    (K-2)Mean, Observant, Noisy, Strong, Tough, Envious, Remarkable. A monster loses his "M" one day and is no longer mean. He is now only an "onster" and goes looking for his missing "M" so his monster friends will stop making fun of him. Along the way he makes new friends and learns to like himself the way he is. This book is a rhyming book that will please young readers. I love this book and I'm already planning on how I can use it next year for Halloween. It's a MUST HAVE!

  • Angie
    2019-03-01 06:45

    Poor monster has lost his "m" and is now just an onster. The other monsters make fun of him and don't want him around any more. Then he starts doing non-monster things like vacuuming. Onster is really sad not to be a monster any more until he realizes that being nice has gained him lots of friends.I really liked this book. It is smart and entertaining. I love the illustrations. The monsters are drawn fabulously. Definitely worth the read.

  • Tami
    2019-03-17 07:56

    Fun story with interesting monster as main character. It's along the same lines as Mo Willems' Leonardo, the Terrible Monster: A monster assumes he has to be mean and scary because other monsters are and discovers it's okay (and he is happier) when he chooses his own path in life.Kirstie Edmunds' illustrations are bright and engaging--a marvelous complement to the story.

  • Mickie
    2019-03-07 03:51

    You follow a MONSTER that lost his M so he didn't feel like he was a monster anymore and neither did the other monsters, they laughed at him. He decided to try and not be a monster and found out that it was better not to be mean anyway. Cute book, wonderfully illustrated.

  • Katie
    2019-03-14 07:59

    Without forcing the issue, this book exemplifies kindness and anti-bullying. When monster loses his mean and starts hanging out with and helping humans, the other monsters make fun of him. But, he's happier in the end thanks to all the new friends he's made.

  • Jannah
    2019-03-11 06:03

    An audible "aaaaAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWWW <3 <3 <3 <3" may have escaped me multiple times while reading this.

  • Aleta
    2019-03-17 03:54

    Cute, cute!

  • Leona
    2019-03-05 03:46

    very cute book about a monster who loses his "m" so he's not a monster anymore--just an "onster." good lessons about making new friends who are nice to you when you are nice to them.

  • Becca Kirkman
    2019-03-15 06:08

    Oh my heavens, this is such a cute book! I love the illustrations, and it is just so cute!

  • Brindi Michele
    2019-03-17 06:03

    This book is too cute! I cannot wait to use this in my PSSTs :) Great illustrations, too.

  • Courtney Stevens
    2019-02-23 09:00

    Monster: Mean, Observant, Noisy, Super strong, Tough to please, Envious, Remarkable...a monster's all of these! Until a monster loses his 'm' (his mean) and is nice to everyone and everything, even when he tries to be mean. At first it's hard because he doesn't fit in with his monster friends anymore. In the end he makes friends with humans and is happier than he has ever been.

  • Camille
    2019-03-25 08:58

    Rented it from library... loved it so much that we bought it at store.

  • Bella Emy
    2019-03-14 01:44

    This was a great story for the kids. They loved it!

  • Joy Lane
    2019-03-19 07:06

    AR 2.7 and 0.5 ptsfun

  • Miss Sarah
    2019-03-15 07:50

    A cute Preschool and up book about a monster who looses his mean when the M in monster drops out. But is their a silver lining to not being mean? Nice friendship and kindness themes.

  • LynnDavidson
    2019-03-15 03:57

    A little monster loses his M, which changes him to an onster. He is teased by the other monsters so goes on a search for his identity. What he realizes is that he is not the monster he thought he was, he doesn't like being mean, and he has his own identity. He doesn't have to be mean!This is a perfectly rhymed story with fabulous illustrations. Enjoyable.

  • Erin
    2019-03-22 01:10

    Delightful! This is a cute story with fun illustrations.

  • Susan
    2019-03-03 07:00

    Picture Book ProjectCategory: Picture Book SoakMonster stands for mean, observant, noisy, super strong, tough to please, envious, and remarkable. When the main character loses his 'M' he is ridiculed by the other monsters because he can't be mean. He is now just an "Onster." After enduring their teasing he leaves his friends and goes to hang out with human kids. His old monster friends make fun of him some more and he tries one last time to be a monster, but it just doesn't work. He can't be mean. By the end of the story he realizes his new human kid friends like him just the way he is. Children want to be accepted by their peers and when somebody is different they are often singled out and made fun of. Reading this book to a classroom could help a teacher initiate a conversation about accepting others the way they are. Teachers can also bring up self-acceptance as a major topic. The front cover shows the green monster smiling surrounded by mean monsters making angry faces and teasing him. The font of the title is in a collage and is a reflection of the point that we all are made up of many different traits. Each page is full of bright illustrations that are cartoon worthy. This book was definitely not my favorite from the picture book soak. First, what about the rest of his other non-friendly, monster like qualities? The author never writes about him being noisy or tough to please. It is as if the loss of one trait eliminated all other negative traits. Second, a quote from the book disturbed me. "Without my M I'm not myself-I'm someone else instead." The loss, or even the gain, of an object should not define who we are. I know that the M stood for a character trait, but in this story the M is also an actual object and it is the loss of this object that makes him lose his ability to be mean. That fundamentally bothers me. I would not read this book to a class because I'm sure there are much better books that can help initiate conversation about acceptance.

  • Trever
    2019-03-07 04:50

    All about you being you. Good, liked the illustrations.

  • Rachel Cartaya
    2019-02-27 04:45

    The Monster Who Lost His Mean is a fiction picture book, that falls into the fantasy category. This book has not won any national literary awards.This book begins with a monster who loses the "M" in his name. Since he has lost the m, the is now known as "Onster." All of his monster friends begin to tease him. The onster searches everywhere for his missing letter, but is unable to find it. Realizing that he is not a true monster without his m, the onster begins to help people and do good deeds. He becomes friends with children that he would normally scare. Once he has decided that he no longer fits in with the monster community, the onster is caught off guard with a surprise party from his new friends. From then on, the monster realizes that he can longer be a mean monster, and he is much happier. The theme of this book is about embracing who you are. All of his life, the onster believed that he had to be scary to be a monster, but he later realized that he was not that kind of monster.I gave this book three stars because I enjoyed the story. I did find the plot unresolved, however. At the surprise party, I expected the monster to find his M and then realize that he didn't want it anymore. The book however skipped straight to the monster being happy because of the surprise party. Some prompts that I could ask my students would be why they think the Monster's friends don't like him anymore (page 6). On page 18, the monster talks about changing back to a real monster. At this point, I can ask my students whether or not they believe that the monster really wanted to be mean again. I could use the rhyming words in this book to teach a phonics lesson on word families and rhyming words. This will help my students become more fluent and develop better spelling and writing skills.

  • Mary Birky Collier
    2019-03-04 03:13

    Opening: What do you think of when you think of the word monsters? Something scary under your bed? Or maybe a scary movie? What do you think might happen if a monster started to change and wasn’t mean or scary anymore? In The Monster Who Lost His Mean, this is what happens to a monster who loses his “M” and also his “Mean”. At first, he doesn’t know how NOT to be a mean monster. As we read this book, watch for how this monster changes from a mean monster to an “onster”—and all the new and good things that happen to him in the process.Identify Opening Moves: Raise interest in topic or theme, invite personal connections, prompt listeners to notice details, raise questions in the reader’s minds.Rationale: This is a great book to spark a conversation about what it means to be “mean” and how it makes others feel. In addition, the monsters transition from meanness to kindness also can provide opportunities to talk about times we felt like being mean and how we might turn that into kindnesses, or help people around us who seem mean see how they could change their “meannesses” into kindnesses. In terms my unit on empathy and acceptance, I like the way this could open the door to talk about how we or others feel when someone is mean to us or them, and, perhaps, extend this into the idea of bullying, and what we can do to stop bullying around us.

  • Rachel
    2019-03-11 04:02

    Sometimes a person can lose what makes them special in the eyes of others. While the author demonstrates this in a rather unconventional way, not to mention one that barely makes sense, the lesson she teaches is very good, and handled in a manner that children will find approachable.Without his "M", this monster is only an onster, so he does his best to try and find himself. He acts like someone he isn't, he tries to fit in, only to discover that it doesn't feel right. Teasing and embarrassment chases him away from his monster gang, into the arms of true friends who like him for who he is. Any mention of teasing is not described in any depth, which allows this book to keep a rather heavy and serious topic lighter. Also of help in this, is a colourful, and bright appearance with whimsically designed characters.There are some people in this world that are mean to others, and while the author provides no solution for dealing with them, she does show that there are others that are kind. For any child having difficulties with bullies, this story is meant to provide hope.

  • Nicole
    2019-03-05 08:59

    This book is written for Pre-K through 3rd grade. Mean, Observant, Noisy, super Strong, and Tough-to-please, Envious, and Remarkable: a MONSTER is all of these. But one particular monster has lost his Mean and is now the "Onster." The Onster searches everywhere in Monsterwood for his Mean, and loses some friends and gains some along the way. This book is a feel-good book for learning acceptance of those who are different.A teacher could use this book for an introduction to rhyming. The teacher can show the ending words in each sentence are rhyming words, then tell the students that those words are like an engine and a caboose. The caboose stays the same while the engine changes. For example, the caboose is "at." The engine could be "f"at, "c"at, "s"at, "b"at, etc. Haber, T., & Edmunds, K. (2012). The Monster Who Lost His Mean. New York, NY: Henry Holt and Company, LLC.