Here is Jeremy when he first draws the monster. My Jeremy is a clipart image from mycutegraphics.com. The monster is also from mycutegraphics, but I recolored his outline in Microsoft Word to make him look more like a drawing. I made sure to use blue so he would match the monster in the book as much as possible.
My preschool group responded really well to this story, and after story time, I brought out the picture book and many of the kids could retell the entire thing from the book, after only hearing me tell it with the flannel board once. Monsters and ways to catch them figured heavily into the pictures the kids colored, and we had lots of discussion about what else Jeremy could have drawn to get rid of his monster problem. This was probably the most successful flannel board I've ever used with this age group.
This week, for my beginning reader story time at the main library, I created some more flannel board pieces to use with this story. I created a speech bubble for the monster, so the kids could interact with the story and call out the names of the various things he wants Jeremy to draw. Though I only wound up seeing two kids, this was a really effective way to tell the story, and both enjoyed it.
This week's Flannel Friday host is K Leigh at Storytime ABC's. Learn more about Flannel Friday at the official site.