The Learning Corner


Discussion Questions

1.  The genre of The Blue Ape is fiction.  What make a story fiction?

2.  Did Billy make safe choices?  Can you give examples of unsafe choices he made?

3.  What emotions did you experience with Billy on his adventure?

4.  --------------- We can't ask you this one, because it would spoil the surprise! You'll have to buy the book to read this question!

5.  Did Billy misjudge the Blue Ape?  Have you ever misjudged someone who looks different than you?  Have you ever felt misunderstood by others?

6.  Can you create your own adventure by using your imagination and creativity to share your story through words, pictures, poetry, or a song?

7.  Why do you think the Blue Ape was in the cage?  What is his back story?

8.  And lastly, would YOU have touched the Blue Ape?


The Glossary

Abyss – a deep or seemingly bottomless hole or divide

Accelerator –a pedal that controls the speed of a vehicle's engine

Ballistic – to become irrational or to go crazy

Crocodile – a large reptile with long jaws, long tail, short legs, and a horny textured skin that can live on land or in water

Eerie – somewhat strange and frightening

Farmstead – a farm and all of its buildings

Gnarled – knobby, rough and twisted, especially with age

Grizzled – streaked with grey hair

Guttural – harsh sound produced deep in the throat or chest

Hesitation – the act of pausing before saying or doing something

Ignition – the part of the car that starts the engine

Illuminated – lit up

Instinctively – by natural tendency without much thought

Menacing – scary, threatening, suggesting danger nearby

Muster – to gather a feeling or reaction

Padlock – a detachable lock hanging by a hook

Perilously – full of danger or risk

Pondering – think about something carefully, before making a decision

Stalactites – rock formations hanging from the roof of a cave, formed of calcium salts and dripping water

Venomous – poisonous




There is a famous sculpture called The Thinker by Auguste Rodin that now sits at the Rodin Museum in Paris, France. The bronze sculpture shows an over life-size male figure sitting on a rock with his chin resting on one hand as though deep in thought. In French, it is called Le Penseur.  There are many copies all over the world!  Learn more...


One of Billy's secret talents is writing raps for special occasions, like birthdays and anniversaries! Inspired by the Broadway musical sensation, Hamilton, check out the rap for The Blue Ape!  Rap with Billy...