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Desmond Pucket Makes Monster Magic

Last updated Thursday, October 1, 2015

Author: Mark Tatulli
Date of Publication: 2013
ISBN: 1449435483
Grade Level: 4th    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Oct. 2015

Synopsis: Meet Desmond Pucket--master of mayhem! Will his monster-y special effects pranks get him kicked out of middle school before the class trip to Crab Shell Pier? Or will Desmond be able to keep his monster magic in check? This is a compelling new character that kids will love! (Amazon)

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  Do you like scary books, movies, or places?
•  Who is your favorite monster or ghost? Why?


•  Gurgly
•  Gourmet
•  Brochure
•  Rickety

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  Have you ever played a joke/prank on someone?
•  What bad things can happen if you scare someone?
•  Do you prefer a Halloween "trick" or "treat"?

Craft ideas:
•  Create a monster mask.
•  Draw your own monster amusement ride (page 14 for example).
•  Check out our Pinterest for October craft examples!
•  www.pinterest.com/readingtokids/october-2015-crafts/

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don’t have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!