Meet Patrick McDonnell


HarperCollins Publishers writes, "Patrick McDonnell is the creator of the beloved internationally syndicated comic strip MUTTS, which features the characters that star in five of his children's picture books: Just Like HeavenHug TimeSouth, Wag!, and The Gift of Nothing. He is also the creator of Me . . . Jane, a Caldecott Honor Book and a New York Times bestselling picture book biography of Dr. Jane Goodall, and has written and illustrated A Perfectly Messed-Up Story and the award-winning picture book Art. He lives in New Jersey with his wife, Karen; their formerly feral cat, Not Ootie; and their adopted terrier, Amelie."

Explore THREES, Explore the many ways you can use THREE words, THREE ideas, and even THREE actions or characters to create your own story. Let's explore The Monsters' Monster.


Lets help students navigate standard RF.1.1 while exploring the Author's craft and enjoying this exceptional reading experience.

This provides an in-depth look at the author's craft, based on the teaching of how pacing meets fluency and how specific tools of pacing will improve reading and writing simultaneously.

You can also explore other books by Patrick, including the nonfiction title: Me, Jane.

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Example Curriculum

  RF.1.1: The Monsters' Monster + THREES
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