I Just Ate My Friend

Written by Heidi McKinnon

For ages 3 to 5

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This book is best for:
  • describing
  • identifying emotions
  • inferencing


A yellow speckled monster just ate his friend. He tries to find another friend, but soon discovers the other monsters are quite picky when it comes to friends - he’s either too small, too big, or too scary. He finally meets a green-speckled monster who agrees to be his friend but let’s just say that doesn’t work out either...

I Just Ate My Friend is a humorous story about the search for friendship and belonging. In some ways, it mimics the challenges young children face in the ever-changing rules of playground friendships. It features close-ups of the monsters’ facial expressions, making it a valuable teaching resource for identifying and drawing inferences about the characters’ emotions. The bold illustrations of monsters in different shapes and sizes makes it fun for children to practice their describing skills.

For further speech and language targets in I Just Ate My Friend, see the list below.

Book Details

Narrative Structure: Action Sequence

Story Plot: Repetitive Tale

  • friendship
  • monsters

Speech and Language Targets

Speech Sounds:
  • /h/ - hello
  • /m/ - monster
  • /n/ - no, never mind
  • /r/ blends - friend
  • modal (would)
  • negative (no)
  • irregular past tense verb (ate)
  • possessive pronoun (my)
  • subjective pronoun (I, you)
  • identifying parts
  • describing
  • differences
  • similarities
  • identifying obstacles to an action
  • making inferences
  • descriptive concepts (big, little, slow)
  • emotions
  • friendship
  • greetings
  • initiating conversation
  • sequencing
  • direct character speech
Book Info

Published by Allen & Unwin in 2017 (ISBN: 9781760294342)

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