We wouldn’t want to spoil the delightful end of Jory John and Bob Shea’s first picture book collaboration, but you already know it features a Chomp monster, who definitely doesn’t want you to turn the page.
This little monster has a sweet tooth, and no inclination towards sharing. Sounds like a few picture book readers we might know.
There are a few times during the school day where sharing may become important. Free play time, trips to the water fountain, snack time, choosing the kickball with the most bounce.
Our little Chomp monster isn’t quite the exemplar for teaching young readers to share, but I WILL CHOMP YOU is a great jumping off point for talking about this important social skill.
EXAMPLE (spoiler alert!):
Chomp doesn’t want to share the cakes at the end of the book because he wants to chomp them all to himself.
While young readers have a good concept of “mine” vs “yours” this book is a great way to introduce the pleasure of giving. Chomp learns his lesson when he gets a tummy ache from too many cakes. Opportunities in class where it might be better to share than to keep to yourself might include independent reading. Two students can share a picture book, holding it together, and helping each other with difficult words. In fact, we have the perfect recommendation…
Add I WILL CHOMP YOU by Jory John and Bob Shea to your collection. This is one book we can’t wait to share.