Ross Montgomery, ill. Sarah Warburton
Ten teachers miss the school bus and decide to take a short cut through a forest. They don’t spot the hungry monsters waiting to pounce. One by one the monsters pick off the teachers on their way through the forest until only Miss Hunter, the nursery teacher remains. However, she is more than a match for monsters and in no time at all takes them in hand teaching them some manners and how to count to ten!
This is a very funny counting story with a humorous rhyming text well matched by the illustrations – the monsters are fantastic and might encourage young readers to design their own.
Watch author Ross Montgomery read from the book in this trailer:
Share the story
Before reading the story look together at the cover illustration and talk about what is happening and what the story might be about.
Read the story aloud to your child pausing to talk about what is happening in the story and the illustrations
When you read the story again leave gaps so that children can finish the rhyming and half rhyming lines.
Talk about the book
➤When you have finished the book you could:
➤ Share your favourite or funniest illustrations – talk about the parts of the story you and your child liked best
➤ Talk about unusual words such as ‘snaffle’. Collect all the words you can find for the monsters ‘gobbling’
➤ Talk about all the different ways the monsters catch the teachers.
Things to make and do
There are lots of counting opportunities in the story, you could:
- Predict and count how many teachers are left
- Count how many monsters you can see ready to pounce
- Count how many eyes the monsters have