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Ten Birds Meet a Monster

illustrated by Cybele Young

tagged: counting & numbers, birds
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edition:Hardcover
published: Sep 2013
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Description

After wandering down a hall and discovering a scattered assortment of clothes, ten birds were shocked to spot a scary monster! What were they to do? Grabbing a piece of clothing as a disguise, “the first bird, always inventive, became a Vicious Polka-dactyl. But the monster didn't budge.” So the second bird, then the third bird, and so on, followed in turn, each adding some clothing to the mix to devise a new, frightening creature. But no matter that the birds were “resourceful,” “attentive,” “creative” and “eager to participate,” or that they created fantastically scary beings such as a Gnashing Grapplesaurus, a Bristling Fang-Mangler and a Slimy Long-toed Zapper --- the monster would not be chased away. Until the tenth bird stepped forward, the one who was “always easily distracted.” Could this be the bird who finally, and surprisingly, saved the day? This gorgeous picture book by award-winning author-illustrator Cybèle Young is perfect for counting and early numeracy lessons. Each of the numbers from one to ten gets its own spread, featuring two pieces of intricately detailed pen-and-ink illustrations. The smaller illustration incorporates the numeral into the drawing itself, while the larger one offers the opportunity to search for and count all the birds within the growing clothes monster. Filled with silliness, suspense and a terrific reveal at the end, this clever, funny story is also a wonderful read-aloud. It highlights how individual resourcefulness and creativity are magnified by the power of cooperation and teamwork.

About the Author

Cybele Young

Cybèle Young is an award-winning artist who exhibits her exquisite paper sculpture (Japanese paper printed with etched copperplates) internationally. She has illustrated several books for children, including Pa’s Harvest by Jan Andrews, which was nominated for the Governor General’s Award (Illustration) and Jack Pine by Christopher Patton. She has recently written and illustrated A Few Blocks, a Kirkus Best Children’s Book and winner of the Alcuin Award; Ten Birds, winner of the Governor General’s Award (Illustration); and A Few Bites, which received starred reviews in Kirkus and Publishers Weekly and was named an OLA Best Bet. Cybèle lives with her family in Toronto.

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Contributor Notes

Cybèle Young is an internationally renowned artist, represented by galleries in New York, London, Vancouver and Calgary. Her art practice and family life have also inspired the creation of several children's books. She was nominated for a Governor General's Award for Illustration in 2000, and has written and illustrated two titles (Ten Birds, Kids Can Press, and A Few Blocks, Groundwood Books).

Cybèle Young is an internationally renowned artist, represented by galleries in New York, London, Vancouver and Calgary. Her art practice and family life have also inspired the creation of several children's books. She was nominated for a Governor General's Award for Illustration in 2000, and has written and illustrated two titles (Ten Birds, Kids Can Press, and A Few Blocks, Groundwood Books).

Recommended Age and Grade
Age:
6 to 11
Grade:
1 to 6
Editorial Reviews

I loved this book. Written and illustrated by Cybele Young, it's a sort of sequel to her Governor General's Award-winning Ten Birds. The illustrations are gorgeous, black and white, lines and shadows. The craft is exquisite.—Globe and Mail


Young's skill and control in her use of black-and-white line and her humorous inventiveness will appeal to young and old alike.—Kirkus Reviews


Fans of that book [Ten Birds] certainly will welcome this companion, but it stands on its own.—School Library Journal


This book is as fun for grown-ups as it is for us, on account of those funny names.—The Wall Street Journal