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A little boy’s lie comes alive in the form of a monster.

The monster grows and grows. The boy finds the only

way to make the monster to go away is to tell the truth.

--- Conversation Questions---

  1. Retell the main event in the story.

(Answer) A young boy told a lie.

(Follow Up) Describe to me the main theme of the story.

  1. If your father asked about it, would you have told the truth?

(Answer) Any logical answer.

(Follow Up) Why or why not?

  1. Pretend you are the boy, do your feel sorry for eating all the cookies?

(Answer) Any logical answer.

(Follow Up) Are you feeling guilty about lying to your father?

  1. Have you ever lied to your parents? Tell me what you lied about.

(Answer) Any logical answer.

(Follow Up) Tell me how you felt and what you did about it.
(5) Define “confession”.

(Answer) The act of confessing; an acknowledgement of guilt; telling the truth

(Follow Up) Discuss with me a time you made a confession.
(6) Give me the first words the boy used to describe the lie.

(Answer) Big, fat, enormous, gigantic.

(Follow Up) Tell me what the boy lied about. (Eating all the cookies)
(7) Name the situation the boy was trying to avoid by lying.

(Answer) He didn’t want his mom, dad, or sister to be mad.

(Follow Up) Did the lie the boy told save him from trouble? Why or why not?
(8) The monster sat on the boy. On what body part was the monster sitting?

(Answer) The boy’s stomach.

(Follow Up) When the monster lie first appeared, what size was it?
(9) The boy asked his parents what they were going to do to him for lying, what did they say or do?

(Answer) The parents went to discuss the situation.

(Follow Up) In the middle of the story, what size was the monster lie? (Gigantic)
(10) Explain what happened to the monster lie when the boy told his parents the truth.

(Answer) It got small again; it left; it became regular size again.

(Follow Up) Do you remember where the lie was at the end of the story?


  1. Draw the monster (in either size, both sizes, or any size you choose).

  1. List the names the boy called the lie.

  1. List where the boy thought the lie went after he told the truth.

  1. Write a note of apology to your mom and dad for lying about eating the cookies. (You may want to include your own punishment for lying)


  1. Show the child a picture of the monster that is in the book when it is small and large. Discuss how and why the monster grew so enormous. Say, “Let’s read the story to see if you are right!”

  1. Show the student a picture of a cookie jar. Discuss what would happen at their house if they ate all the cookies. Ask if they would get all the blame from Mom and Dad and would they tell the truth to their parents if asked. Say, “In our story today a little boy must deal with this exact situation. Let’s read and see what he does!”

  1. Have flash words containing the words: truth, lie, not guilty, guilty, right, wrong, good, and evil. Ask student to group the cards according to similar concepts. Discuss. Say, “Today we will see the choice a young boy makes and how the choice affects his day.”

Book Title: Big, Fat, Enormous Lie

Author: Marjorie Weinman Sharmat

Illustrator: David McPhail

ISBN: 0-590-96799-1

# of Text Pages: 28 Book Level: 2.0

Building Oral Vocabulary







Prediction Questions


Is he really stuck with it?


Will he notice that “Lie” is right there?


Do you think he will ever lie again?

This resource is provided by KYREADS—Barren County Board of Education, an AmeriCorps project funded in part by the Kentucky Commission on Community Volunteerism and Service and the Corporation for National and Community Service.

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