Even Monsters Get Sick

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Developed by:Busy Bee Studios


Ages: 5-8

Even Monsters Get Sick is a storybook app from Busy Bee Studios about a boy named Harry who trades his skateboard, a few stickers, and a couple of gums for a monster named Zub. He thinks that it was a good trade and doesn't believe it when Mona, Zub's previous owner, tells him that his new friend was a lazy and boring monster. Throughout the story, Harry tries many things to get Zub excited, including going to the movies, making him an ice cream sandwich and playing with a space hob. But Zub never shows any interest. It isn't until Zub sneezes that Harry realizes that Zub was sick. Harry then calls Uncle Bob to come over and check on Zub. When Uncle Bob tells him that Zub has a cold, Harry takes good care of his monster. He gives Zub medicine, reads him bedtime stories, and plays with him until he feels better. Once Zub returns to his happy monster mode, it is his turn to treat Harry well. He helps Harry build a rocket, teaches him new musical tricks, and many other cool things that involve pirates and tree houses. Ever since then, Zub and Harry always enjoy their playtime together. Their experience also affect the other kids; now, whenever their pet monsters get sick, they will bring them to Uncle Bob. (Geeks with Juniors)

Get Ready

Prepare to use this app by using the following activity:

Cool Character Traits!There are quite a few character traits mentioned throughout this interactive book. Prior to reading the story, take a few minutes to talk to your child about character traits. Tell them that character traits are the ways a person or character in a book acts; it is part of their personality and it comes from the inside such as fun, nice, boring, mean and so on.  When talking about traits, It is usually necessary to differentiate between character traits and feelings or emotions. Tell your child that feelings usually come and go and may be caused by things on the outside such as events like good news, an argument and so on.  Some examples of feelings are happy, sad, grumpy, tired, etc. Discuss both you and your child’s personal traits and feelings to further instill this concept. As they are reading the app, tell them to be on the lookout for traits words and jot any down.  They can return to the list after reading and sketch out what a person with that trait might say, think, feel or do. Return to this activity as many times as necessary to better understand any character traits. To scaffold this activity, first talk about and focus on feelings, moving onto traits when your child is ready.

Dive In

Help your child get the most out this app experience by trying any of the following activities:

  1. Harry Helps!At the beginning of this book, Harry tries lots of different activities to get Zub to be happy and have fun. What exactly does Harry do? Once Harry realizes that Zub is sick, he does so much to help him feel better. Give your child a purpose for listening and tell them to be on the lookout for what exactly Harry does to try and get Zub to be fun and feel better. Discuss the ways during or after reading. Link this to character traits - due to his actions, what trait best describes Harry? 
  2. Building Literacy Skills:Depending on your child’s reading abilities or mood, choose either the “Read to Me” or “I can Read” option. If they are having the story read aloud to them, help them build their literacy skills by repeating new or difficult words aloud. If they choose the “I can Read” option - encourage them to practice decoding words they don’t initially know by breaking up the word into smaller, more manageable parts. Have them sound out the word or see if it sounds like a word they already know. Another option (if they are still struggling) is to read the whole sentence aloud to them, except the difficult word, and see if they can guess what word likely belongs in the sentence based on the context. Help build a strong reader by avoiding just telling them what a difficult word is!

Branch Out

Extend your child’s learning by using either of the following activities:

  1. Create Your Very Own Monster!Zub is an adorable monster - who wouldn’t want to create their very own Zub?  Grab any art supplies you have around the house and have your child draw, color, and cut out their very own Zub. If they enjoy this activity, have them create their very own monster. What would he look like? What trait would best describe him? Have them create their own monster and then ask them to tell you all about him/her. 
  2. So Many Settings!Talk to your child about setting: the time, place and situation of a story. The setting changes quite often throughout this book. Scaffold this activity based on your child’s age and ability. For instance, start off with telling your child that setting is the place; where each scene of the story takes place. A sample setting description of the first page of this book can include any of the following (time, place, situation): during the day, a park in the city, Harry is trading items for Zub. Have your child re-read the book slowly, stopping on each page to jot down or draw the setting. Sometimes the setting is really obvious, other times they have to study the scene closely and make inferences - another very important reading strategy! Have your child practice their reading and writing skills simultaneously by drawing and/or jotting down a small replication of each scene on a blank piece of paper that is divided or folded into boxes or squares. Have your child work on as many pages/scenes as they feel up to and revisit the story as many times as necessary to finish their “story map”. Once they are done, they will have a beautiful map of each setting in the story.