Fishmeal and the Mounching Monster is the first novel in the new Classic Words series by Michael Clay Thompson. The story entertains while teaching words and delivers a message that is powerful without being didactic. MCT highlights examples of vocabulary, grammar, and poetic techniques in language illustrations. Classic words used in the story are defined in the glossary.
The plot centers around the paragraph-expert duck Fishmeal and his encounter with a monster—who views Fishmeal as a tasty snack. Queequack joins Fishmeal and together the two ducks transform the Mounching Monster into a friend and benefactor.