Monster Sale

story by Bill Nagelkerke , illustrated by Aśka


Learning intention:

I am learning to investigate the use of perspective in an article so that I can create an advertising flyer.

Success criteria:

  • Create a Monster Sale flyer that is aimed at the Monster Family.
  • Creates a list of Monster qualities seen through the authors’ perspective and a traditional perspective of a monster seen through the human perspective.


Essential Knowledge:

Examine the meaning of Perspective with the class and explain that –


Perspective is a lens through which we learn to see the world; it shapes what we see and the way we see it.  The lens can clarify, magnify, distort or blur what we see. By changing the position of the lens, different aspects of the text may be foregrounded. In this way, perspective provides a dynamic basis for the relationship between composer, text and responder. English Textual Concepts.


Show the class this short clip from The School Magazine which features Perspective in the textual concept lens video series.


Traditional perspective:

Discuss with students the traditional stereotype of a Monster from the perspective of a human.

A descriptive word wall may be written up on the board and include;

  • terrifying
  • massive
  • frightening
  • mean
  • scary

Have students use an adjective wordsearch on wordhippo to further expand descriptive words and add to the class word wall.



As a class,  read Monster Sale. Emphasise the use of voice intonation, expression and rhythm to give the text further meaning.


Guide the children to consider the author’s perspective.

Now ask students to consider the text, Monster Sale with the authors’ perspective of the Bigger family as an alternative view from the monster stereotype.


In student’s workbook, and referring to the text, Monster Sale, have students write the focus question-   How is the Bigger family represented?

Ask students to then create lists of descriptive words that describe each character;

Ma and Pa Bigger, Baby Bigger, Little Bigger, Much Bigger and Far Bigger.

Words may include;

  • friendly
  • clumsy
  • happy
  • playful


Introduce the concept of an advertising campaign and the claim of false advertising.

Tell students that according to the reputable website Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, false advertising is explained appropriately as:

 laws that are in place to protect the consumer (in this case the consumer is the Bigger family) from being misled about the products and services you buy.


Ask the students-

Did the Monster Sale advertisement create a false or misleading impression and

has the Bigger family been mislead by the advertisement?

Read this quote by Ma Bigger-

Monster Sales usually do have something for everyone, but I was tricked by the wording. This wasn’t actually a Monster Sale at all, but a Human Sale. We all know how humans exaggerate! Imagine if we wrote Human Sale when we meant Monster Sale! No-one would bother coming!

Explain to the students that the Bigger Family was excited about the Monster Sale, but were disappointed and confused by the advertisement written from a human point of view.

Ma and Pa Bigger checked out the clothes. ‘I can’t see anything the right size,’ said Ma Bigger. ‘There must be something,’ said Pa Bigger. ‘It all seems to be baby clothes,’ said Ma Bigger. ‘What another disappointment!

She and Pa Bigger suddenly looked at one another.

‘I wonder ...’ said Ma Bigger.

‘Are you thinking what I’m thinking?’ said Pa Bigger.

Ma Bigger nodded. ‘I should have read the advertisement for myself,’ she said.

Ask the students to consider the family as a consumer – what were the Bigger family looking for at the Monster Sale?

Students can write responses in their workbook, listing each of the family members and the item they were wanting to purchase at the sale. Give students time to scan the text and identify what product each family member was looking for. Share the responses on the board under each character’s name.


Suggested answers:

  • Baby Bigger - A larger cot
  • All the kids- new clothes
  • Little Bigger- a toy tractor
  • Much Bigger - a skateboard
  • Far Bigger- a guitar with strings
  • Pa Bigger- an alarm clock
  • For all of the family- a big breakfast


Using canva or the students workbook, have students create a flyer for an accurate Monster Sale aimed at the Bigger family with no false or misleading advertising!


Ask students to first plan, answering these key questions in their workbook.

Target audience- Who is the target audience?

suggested answer (the Bigger family)

Target audience expectations- What are they wanting?

suggested answer (the Bigger family are looking for strong, sturdy toys and a cot, guitar, skateboard and clothes that are in their size. They are also looking for a  breakfast with big servings.


What emotive words can be used in your advertisement?

Direct students to include persuasive words to describe the item in the flyer.


Using Canva, have students insert images that will match the items that the Bigger family want to buy.

Students can take a screenshot of their design or draw their design in their workbooks and share with the class.