Jeremy Draws a Monster, Part 1

January 26th, 2011 by Dionna | 13 Comments
Posted in Carnival and Special Series, Children, Eclectic Learning, Families, Create!, Just for Fun/Miscellaneous, My Family, Preschoolers, Toddlers, Video/Interactive Posts

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Finding a book for our first month’s “Families, Create” theme, “Cuddle Up,” was hard – but that’s because there are so many great books to choose from! Not only do we “cuddle up” every time we read a book, but there are so many cuddly characters in kids’ stories. Ultimately, our creations have more to do with the fact that we “cuddle up” to read together.

Last week, we made our weekly trip to the library and checked out Jeremy Draws a Monster, by Peter McCarty. We’ve read it before, and it was as much of a hit the second time around as it was the first. The drawings are simple yet engaging, and Kieran has fun examining the illustrations on the front and back endpaper. His favorite part of the book, by the way, is how “the monster moves!”

We were all feeling pretty restless this past Sunday, so Tom suggested we make a movie. Kieran decided he wanted to make a movie out of Jeremy Draws a Monster, so without rehearsal, a full battery charge on the camcorder, or showering (ahem), this is what we came up with.1

I love it. Stay tuned for my second “Families, Create!” post tomorrow – we did a couple of other fun monster activities thanks to Jeremy.


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Our February theme is “Heroes and Heroines” – what can your family create this month to celebrate the heroes and heroines in your lives?

Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants:

  • What’s the perfect way to snuggle up on a cold winter night? Acacia at Fingerpaint & Superheroes knows the answer: make the perfect soup!
  • The ArtsyMama teaches us how to create a no sew fleece throw inspired by your favorite snuggle time book.
  • Movies made from books are often pretty poor representations, but this family-made movie from Dionna at Code Name: Mama is monster-ific!
  • Aunalise at My Sweet Potatoes created a cozy for her Kindle, to protect it from little hands that think they need to cuddle with it.
  • What better way to cuddle and get cozy than in new jammies made by Mama G @ Z everyday things?
  • Inspired by her family’s love of the Harry Potter series, Mandy at Living Peacefully with Children decided to make a series of ornaments based on the theme.
  • Laura at Nestled Under Rainbows shared a reflection on and a celebration of snuggies, lovies, cuddlies and specials.
  • Little Hedgehog got a wonderful idea when his red hat from Father Christmas didn’t fit, and Megan at Purple Dancing Dahlias got a wonderful idea to knit a sweet hedgehog!
  • Monster-inspired artwork by a monster-clad kid. Despite the growling, he really is cuddly! Monster love courtesy of Dionna at Code Name: Mama.
  • Arpita at Up, Down & Natural shares a quick tutorial on how to make your very own Pippalily inspire pouch sling, with zippered pocket & key ring, and a matching nursing cover to boot!
  • Amy at Anktangle finally completed something cuddly and warm for her son Daniel: his very own afghan, crocheted with love by Momma.
  • Who’d want to cuddle with a cuttlefish? Aunalise at My Sweet Potatoes thinks you might want to cuddle up with this sweet plush cuttlefish!
  1. Thanks to Tom’s editing skills. Tom has already declared that “we’re going to have to start using some rules next time we make a movie. You know, basic things like ‘action’ and ‘cut.'”

13 Responses to:
"Jeremy Draws a Monster, Part 1"

  1. Acrophile

    That was way cool! Much cooler than my family would have done! XD Congratulations, Kieran!

  2. Michelle Merritt

    Wow! That was great! My little guy Dexter loved it! He is especially fond of monsters right now, so you really kept his attention!

  3. Arpita Monahan   UpDownNatural

    This is SO cute!! I can’t wait to see tomorrrow’s installment!! Love your movie debut, Kieran!!

  4. teresa   momgrooves

    That was fantastic!!!! I’m showing my daughter that later today for sure. Great job Kieran!!! Nice editing and acting too mama and papa.
    We’re going to the library today and we’ll have to look for that book.

  5. Vanessa

    Too awesome, Kieran – way to tell that monster who’s boss! :)
    Sammy will love this book, I”ll have to keep my eye out for it next time we visit the library :)

  6. Amy   InnateWholeness

    We love it, too! Thanks for sharing :)

  7. Jennifer

    That was great! What a cute idea! My son walked in halfway through, and asked what I was watching. Now he wants to pick a book and try making a video.
    Very scary monster acting, by the way. ;)

  8. That was awesome! Everett and I just cuddled up to watch. He loved it. Way to go Kieran!!

  9. Tammy

    Bwahhahahahahaha… this was amazing. Mama Monster, did you follow the book in what you asked Kieran for or make stuff up as you went?

  10. What a cutie! That’s adorable.

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