September 26, 2015
Myles and the Monster outside by Philippa Dowding
Published by Dundurn Press
Series: Weird Stories gone Wrong
Author Philippa Dowding succinctly sets the tone, on page 7, with one sentence, “you should know, before you even start this book, that it’s a little scary” in Myles and the Monster outside, the second book of her new series “Weird Stories gone Wrong”.
Within the short span of 154 pages, a reader is taken on a roller coaster collision of fear, imagination and the unknown.
“Myles and the Monster outside” begins with mundane and monotony as invisible companions that accompany Myles as he and his family embark upon the adventure of leaving all that is familiar behind and beginning anew.
Mist-like fingers, glowing red eyes, a windshield that cracks are all elements that keep a reader gripping the binding of this book with white-knuckled apprehension and at the same time pushing deeply into the back of a chair!
Once again, Dowding has created a story that challenges a reader to seek ‘courage’ in the face of the unknown……no matter what form the unknown takes.
This is truly a tale that borders upon being an urban legend stirred with a splash of truth!
Highly recommended for Grade 3,4,5 !!!!!
June 8, 2010
Fountas and Pinnell Reading Level: Z Grade Level: 5-7
Literature Circle set ( 6 copies) available at Classroom Support Centre
Red Maple Nominee 2010 , 251 pp.
“Fourteen year old Al changes his destiny by following his dream to become an explorer. Al’s journey begins off the rugged coast of Newfoundland in his handmade submarine. As he travels through east coast waters he rescues a family of four, finds a lost treasure, eludes the coast guard and the navy, befriends a seagull and an abandoned dog, meets a “queen” of the sea, and saves a lost boy. Al’s nautical adventures make him a celebrity but his ability to evade the police makes him an outlaw.”
Review by Karen:
Meet Alfred — a fourteen year old boy who steadfastly refuses to follow in the family tradition of going to sea as a fisherman. However a chance glance through a hole in the local junkyard fence sparks Albert’s imagination and lights the flame of adventure and exploration. Unexpected friendships, responsibilities and self discovery all become a part of Alfred’s own journey “out to sea”.
Highly recommended !!
Theme: Self-discovery; Adventure; Friendship
Teacher / Curriculum Connections: Canadian Geography /History (Eastern Maritime History)