2. Monsters

Monsters Strange creatures – referred to as monsters – address the children in unexpected ways. Monster drawings become more detailed, and their stories move off the page and into our lives in tangible ways.

Monsters embody specificity. .

"This is a mermaid monster. Her name is Centipede." Braelynn .

Sometimes the monsters are hiding. We search for them.

We look for the hidden monster in our yard and create multiple maps to look for it. Some maps are "invisible," using white sheets of paper.

Lily follows a map to search for monsters in the yard.

Some monsters are large, wormlike creatures. They have a toe on one end and a head on the other. They move in scootching motions along the ground.

Lily’s monster lives near mermaid pools. .

“The monster’s teeth point like this!” Jason “My monster stomps so loud, like this! He stomps like a T-Rex!” Jason We give life to the monsters. The monsters’ stories are performed alongside the drawings and engage in a dialogue. Lively Monsters

“The monster moves like this!” Lily WIGGLE WAGGLE WIGGLE WAGGLE WIGGLE WAGGLE

Braelynn’s Monster

“I drew the monster under my bed. He comes from the forest.” Celine

Some monsters are drawn to look their age.

“The monster has many hearts around it for its family. A daddy, mommy, and baby heart. It has many teeth and big gums on its round mouth, and it needs to learn to floss all those teeth. It’s hard at first, but it gets better if he keeps doing it.” Ana

“Last night a monster was under my bed. It was invisible and made of water, so I could see it. It has seven heads and six arms and legs. It lived in the ocean. The monsters are bad and rude, and they fight with the mermaids. An evil mermaid taped a picture of a mermaid onto the monster, so it came here to our river. It was under my bed.” Scarlett Scarlett takes a close-up photo of the monster under the bed.