Monster Stones discussion guide




Author: Jacqui Bailey

Illustrator: Matthew Lily

Publisher A & C Black

Suggested Year Group: Three


This series uses cartoon style illustrations and humorous narrative text to make key topics in Science and Geography both accessible and engaging. This approach encourages children to read about and understand complex ideas. This book takes the reader back millions of years to tell the story of a dinosaur's death. Through this story, we discover how fossils are formed. We also learn how they are discovered, removed, researched and preserved in museums. This book also contains an experiment, more great facts to know, useful websites and an index.

Rationale for Selection

The layout of' Monster Stones' lends itself to discussion about the author’s intention and how non-fiction texts can tell stories. An interesting subject is written about in a clear style.

Points for Discussion

Before reading

  • Discuss whether Monster Stones is fiction or non-fiction.
  • The subtitle is ‘The Story of a Dinosaur Fossil’.
  • Do you think non-fiction can have a story? 
  • What do you already know about fossils?


During Reading

  • Why did the publisher decide not to have a contents page?
  • Do you think this book needs one? 
  • Have you ever found anything interesting in the ground?
  • What did you do with it?
  • After reading page 8 and 9 can you explain how the dinosaur’s bones turned into stone?
  • Throughout the book there are thought bubbles with the dinosaur’s thoughts in.
  • What does this add to the book?
  • How do you feel when you read the thought bubbles?
  •  Read p12-13. The information is presented in different ways.
  • Why is some information printed on fossils?
  •  Think about the way the story of the fossil being discovered and put in a museum is told.
  • Did you find it easier to read in this way and was it more interesting?
  • Are there other way  this information could be presented?
  •  'Monster Stones' does not have a glossary.
  • Which words would you select if you were asked to create a glossary and how would you explain the meanings?


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