Thursday, May 23, 2024
Barry and the Hairy Scary Monster

Barry The Fish With Fingers And The Hairy Scary Monster

by Mark Warner
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Barry and his fishy friends are playing Hide and Seek. Puffy finds a great hiding place in an old wreck, but he gets scared out of his wits when he sees a hairy monster lurking in the shadows. Luckily Barry the fish with fingers comes to the rescue – and discovers that the ‘monster’ is a friendly seahorse who just needs a haircut!

Teaching Ideas and Resources:


  • Write a set of instructions to teach others how to play hide-and-seek.
  • Look at the use of punctuation within the story. Can you find any speech marks / commas / exclamation marks?
  • Ellipses are used a lot in the story. Can you explain why they have been used? Can you write your own sentence / paragraph that uses one?
  • The author has used lots of different words for ‘said’ in the story. Can you find them all?
  • Write a story that explains how the ship came to rest on the bottom of the ocean.
  • ‘Bravely’ and ‘definitely’ are adverbs that are used in the story.
  • Create character profiles for each of Barry’s fishy friends.
  • Write a new story about one of Barry’s friends.
  • Think of some more words to describe the inside of the shipwreck.


  • Plan your own pirate party. What items will you need? How much might they cost?
  • Practice counting like Barry and his friends. How far can you count?


  • Find out about fish and other creatures that live underwater. Can you create a report about one of these?


  • Use a paint program to create an underwater scene.
  • Create a picture of a new fishy friend for Barry.

Design Technology

  • Design and build your own treasure chest.


  • Draw or paint a picture of a shipwreck at the bottom of the ocean.
  • Look at the different shades of orange / purple within the book. Can you mix some of these shades and use them to create your own pictures?
  • Draw or paint pictures of fish / seahorses with different haircuts!


  • Draw a map that shows the places where the fish tried to hide.
  • Create your own treasure hunt and draw a map that shows someone where to find the hidden ‘treasure’.


  • Think about how Colin is feeling at different points in the story.

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