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Do Not Enter the Monster Zoo

do not enter the monster zooAmy Sparkes, Sara Ogilvie (illus)
Red Fox
Age 3-7

This is a lively and humorous picture book about a boy who receives an unusual prize; to run the zoo for a day! A challenging task in itself but even more so because this is a zoo for monsters! The rhyming and rhythmic text makes this a great story for reading aloud and joining in and there is plenty to talk about in the funny illustrations. Do Not Enter the Monster Zoo was shortlisted for Roald Dahl funny prize 2013 and for Booktrust best book awards 2014.



Share the story

Read aloud
The way the text is designed suggests how to read it aloud with some words in bold to emphasise loudly and some like ‘t-i-p-t-o-e-d’ to whisper.

Join in
As you re read the story children can join in too, for example by completing the rhyming sentences eg ‘The naughty creatures stole my hat. My broom became their cricket ………!

Talk about the book
Look at some of the pages closely eg where the monsters are making a mess in the zoo and talk about what they are doing.

Things to make and do

Print monster footprints
Make a potato print picture of monsters footprints like the end papers in the book. You will need a few potatoes, cut into suitable shapes, paint and large sheets of paper (wall paper lining paper is useful for this).

Write a list
Write a list of all the jobs which need to be completed at the Monster Zoo. Click here for a special Zoo Keeper job sheet.

Make a guide to the Monster Zoo
Fold a piece of A4 paper in half and then half again to make four sections so that your child can make a leaflet with a mini guide to the creatures in the monster zoo,  drawing a different monster in each section. They can have a go at writing the names of the different monsters as well.

Make a model
Using plasticine children can make models of the monsters in the zoo. They could arrange their figures on a large piece of card or in a cardboard box  decorated and divided into sections to represent the zoo and its enclosures. They could retell some of the story with their model. A small plastic figure could be the boy.

Find out more

Read about other books by Amy Sparkes here

Hodge the Hedgehog

Gruff’s Guide to Fairytale Land

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