I had a wonderful author visit at the O'Brien Elementary School. This was my first full Monkey Ono visit, with a large group power point presentation and art projects. It went really well.
The presentation was about picture book story structure. Monkey Ono is a good read for younger kids, so I wanted to make sure the presentation had something of value for the older kids as well. I talk about character, goals, and obstacles in stories. And I also ask lots of questions like What's Cinderella's goal? What are the obstacles in The Lorax? I try keep the kids engaged. Then when I finally get to Monkey Ono, they can either sit back and listen, or they can be analyze the story structure as I read. (I even use one of Magoo's stories, No Gas, to show how a first grader can write using story structure.)
I took the kids through the Monkey Ono collage project and they did a fabulous job. I decided to have the kids draw Monkey Ono's hair instead of cut it out of paper – and that turned out to be super fun. Look at all the hair-do's!
I also had a Kindergarten group that didn't see the big presentation, so I read to them first, then I taught them how to draw Monkey Ono. So cute!
Big Thanks to the fabulous art teacher, Brandyn Barstis, who wrote a grant to have me and other artists into her school. And thanks to the wonderful students at O'Brien Elementary for sharing your art and enthusiasm with me!