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My Teacher Is a Monster! (No, I Am Not.)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  4,325 ratings  ·  579 reviews
Bobby has a problem.

You see, his teacher is a monster.

But when Bobby runs into his teacher outside of school, he learns there is more to her than meets the eye.
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published July 1st 2014 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Ova - Excuse My Reading
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lovely graphics and illustrations, story could have been a bit shorter but still enjoyed it.
The story is about being prejudiced :)
Students often consider their teachers to be monsters. They doubt that they could possibly have lives outside of the classroom or that they could be fun at all. In clever fashion, this picture book depicts Ms. Kirby, Robert's teacher, as rather beastly in how she conducts her classroom every day. The illustrations even show her with green skin, fangs, and knotted hair. But when he happens to meet her outside of the classroom in a park, he sees that she is not what he thinks she is. In fact, she ...more
Nov 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Aww ... teachers are people too!


Rating, 4 stars.

Bobby's teacher Ms. Kirby is a monster ...


I liked this Peter Brown's book better than Mr. Tiger Goes Wild.
It was nice to see how Bobby's perception of his teacher (after meeting her outside the classroom) went from this...


to this...


just in a few hours.
Edward Sullivan
May 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Bobby realizes that teachers, even his, are people too. Monstrously entertaining.
May 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Peter Brown does it again. He has created an ingenious book with wonderful illustrations. I can't wait to use this for storytime. ...more
Katie Lalor
Sep 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
A must read at the beginning of the school year! It gives students a perspective of the teacher in and outside of the classroom. Also, it is very simple, and it gives good humor!
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Readers Looking fo Stories About How Children Perceive Their Teachers
Bobby's teacher Ms. Kirby appears in the guise of a monster to him in this amusing and insightful picture-book from Peter Brown, creator of such wonderful stories as The Curious Garden and Children Make Terrible Pets . She stomps and roars, calls him 'Robert,' and becomes angry when he flies paper planes in the classroom. But when Bobby meets Ms. Kirby in the park one day, and the two spend some time together, quacking with the ducks and climbing to Bobby's favorite spot, she suddenly see ...more
Nick Swarbrick
Jan 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: picturebooks, comedy
I am unsure whether this is a parody of the teacher-as-disciplinarian/teacher-as-human (in which case three stars is mean) or an example of the genre. Funny, maybe, but if simply another “grown ups are monsters” story them I really am not sure. And then there’s the issue of how it depicts teaching, teachers, the pupil-teacher relationship, women...
Mar 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The evolution of a teacher--child relationship from monster vs. troublemaker to two people who enjoy paper airplanes (in the right setting, of course).

This is a great book because it's relatable and funny AND it makes you think. I like the way the chance meeting in the park between supposed enemies is awkward for both people and how kids get a sense of that too from the artwork. I like the subtle changes in Ms. Kirby as she morphs from a monster into your average teacher. It's gradual and genius
Aug 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Another funny one- my students will love it! But.. a great message too about perspective.
Schae Amarah
Aug 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My Teacher Is a Monster is the perfect book for any young school-goer who may not quite see eye-to-eye with their class teacher. Let's face it, school life is not always peachy for all sorts of reasons, least of all having a horrible teacher! This short tale hits the nail on the head in that respect, but what's great about Brown's work is the ease with which the story flows, and how the beauty of the relationship between Bobby and his monster teacher unfolds through appropriate content, and lang ...more
The Styling Librarian
My Teacher is a Monster (No I’m Not) by Peter Brown – All Ages – Just loved this book. Think it is quite touching and draws readers to that idea of seeing a teacher outside the school environment. I always laugh when I get the big eyes from students who don’t quite know what to say to me outside of the school. Not certain that they all know I’m a regular human and don’t live at the school… (This hasn’t occurred as much since my son began attending the schools I teach at.) Quite fun and touching, ...more
Beth Honeycutt
Aug 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Several MS/HS teachers suggested this as a read aloud on a recent Nerdy Book Club post. I may give it a try on the first day of school!
Sarah Levy
Aug 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
How in the world have I not read this book yet?! A hilarious and fun tale about a boy & his teacher. I adore Peter Brown's dedication: "To misunderstood teachers and their misunderstood students." ...more
Feb 26, 2017 added it
For this comic it was a very well put and a great story for kids learning not to judge someone by what they appear to see someone as. The plot of this story is a kid named Bobby who doesn’t have the best experience with his teacher Ms. Kirby. In the first couple of pages she has imaged as a green ugly monster by her student Robert as she addresses him. But, throughout the story you see changes in his views of Ms. Kirby and who she really is. Reading this comic book was very good example for teac ...more
Erin Murray
I think this book is one of the most relatable books I've read, in the form of a picture book. It is about a boy Bobby and his perception of his teacher within school. The story follows Bobby through a day at school and then what Bobby does when he isn't at school. He runs into his teacher in the park and that singular moment changed Bobby's opinion of his teacher.

I found it relatable because of the confusion shown by Bobby seeing his teacher outside school and realising that she has a life outs
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I like the idea of a monster BUUUUT just why the hair on Bobby's Head

The above comment is by my son :)
Ruby Khan
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humour, imagination
A book highlighting that all is not as it seems, and people may be different under the facades they create.
Olivia Tosti
Sep 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Something I hope to not appear like! A lovely story to read to children before school or moving up classes!
Mar 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was such a delightful little read!
Rachel Showalter
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Bobby is a student in school with a monster for a teacher. However, when they run into each outside of school, bobby quickly realizes that his teacher may just be another person like him.
One of the literary elements that in “My Teacher is a Monster!” is the theme. The theme that I got from the book was to not judge other people. For example, once Bobby got to know his teacher more and more, Bobby started to like her more. Even with the images, the teacher slowly turns into a human more and more
Dawn Feicht
Oct 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
I loved this story! The illustrations were wonderful, creative, and made me feel like I was watching a monster transform to a loving person. The story is wonderful and young readers are able to connect with the author's story. I love how the story shows young readers, that things are not always what they appear to be. Such a beautiful book and I will be adding to my collection. ...more
Stefanie Burns
Cute story about a boy who thinks his teacher is mean. Then they have an unplanned meeting one day and he saves her hat from a wind gust. They spend some time together and enjoy each other's company. Back at school, Bobby might have a change of heart. He may really think Mrs. Kirby is not a monster.

The simple illustrations with white background are effective. The story vaguely reminds me of Miss Viola swamp. I think kids will get a kick out of seeing the monster change into a normal lady near th
I was picking up some other books, and fortunately found this one at the library. Like others have said, the story shows great knowledge of what some kids think about their teachers, especially at the beginning of the school year. I remember my son saying something like, “Mrs. __________ is a lot nicer now than she was.” In this story, Bobby’s teacher roars at him when he throws paper airplanes in the classroom, but a surprise meeting in the park means a different experience with Ms. Kirby, and ...more
Erik This Kid Reviews Books
Apr 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a funny book about perspectives. Someone sometimes might act “horrible” in some instances, but once you get to know them, they might actually be nice or not what you originally thought. It’s a good lesson for kids and the story is fun, not “preachy.” I really enjoy the illustrations. They’re fun to look at. I like how they gradually show the change in Ms. Kirby (from monster to human). I think all kids have felt at some point that their teacher is a monster (of course if ANY of my curren ...more
Jul 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I'll wager that most of us have teachers in our lives who are memorable for one reason or another. I'll even go so far as to say some might have thought their teachers downright dreadful. (My teachers were all wonderful. Maybe that's why I wanted to become one myself.) My Teacher Is a Monster! (No, I Am Not.) (Little, Brown and Company) written and illustrated by Peter Brown acquaints readers with Bobby's teacher who most definitely looks like a monster...a big cranky green monster.

My full revie
Vang Xiong
Oct 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What I like most about this book has got to be the gradual change in the way in which the main character, Booby, perceives his teacher. At first, Bobby only sees his teacher as a monster. Then as he got to know his teacher on a personal level, the actually illustration of his teacher changes from a drawing of a monster to a human. As an aspiring teacher, I can resonate with the message of this book. Teachers can be a little intimating, but once a relationship is built, students come to know why ...more
Katt Hansen
Jul 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
A book that finally tackles that whole weird thing of seeing your teacher outside of school. I mean seriously, what's up with that?

Most every kid has had a "monster" teacher at some point in their life. This funny little book that's actually pretty cool tackles that whole topic with humor and creativity. I do love how the picture of the teacher changes throughout the book. Loved reading this one!
Sheri Levasseur
Teachers, get out your monster teacher voice!

This is my top pick for humorous ice-breaker read-aloud for that first week of school...perfect for K-2, but funny enough to keep 3-4 completely engaged.

Brown's illustrations and simple dialog, once again, tell a story kids will relate to while giggling all the way through. The ending offers a surprise and a thought-provoking question all students might ask themselves...and to NOT judge a book (or a teacher) by its cover. LOVE this book.
Jul 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a very endearing book about a boy who, upon encountering his "monster of a teacher" in the park one Saturday, discovers she's really not a monster. Their mutual discomfort at seeing each other outside of the classroom is pretty funny. Readers will notice the monster teacher's physical features gradually changing for the better as the young boy realizes that she's not so bad after all. ...more
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