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Glad Monster, Sad Monster Hardcover – September 1, 1997


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: LB Kids; 1 edition (September 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316573957
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316573955
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Kirkus Reviews

Children who lack the vocabulary to distinguish the emotions they're feeling may find some comfort in this book, which makes use of masks to unmask feelings. Each spread shows little brightly colored monsters acting out different emotions--pink monsters cut out valentines and bake cookies to express love, yellow monsters play ball and open birthday presents in the name of happiness--while a gatefold page reveals a big mask of whatever emotion is covered in that spread. The eyes and noses are punched out, so children can hold those pages up and ``wear'' the mask. It's a good idea, but easier in theory; the book is heavy for the young children at whom the book is aimed, and older ones will find it hard to put on the mask, read the book, and keep the pages intact; institutions should expect rips and stock multiple copies. The book has a use, whether teaching the names of emotions, or helping children express them. (Picture book. 3- 8) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Ed Emberley is a Caldecott Award-winner and the author of Go Away, Big Green Monster!; Bye-Bye, Big Bad Bullybug; and his enormously popular Fingerprint Drawing Book series. He lives in Ipswich, Massachusetts. His website is www.edemberley.com.

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Customer Reviews

The colors in this book are wonderful.
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It comes with masks that you tear out and store in a pocket in the back of tis book.
M. Kim
This book is a great way to teach kids feelings.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 17, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I have been a preschool teacher for 20 years and have searched for the "right" book about feelings and emotions to help the very young child articulate their worries and fears. Without a doubt, this book has proven to be a real winner. With three classes of youngsters ranging from 31/2 to 5 years, this wonderful tool made them giggle, then think, and, finally talk about their concerns. I developed a whole thematic unit, creative project and bulletin board around this very useful book. Congratulations to the authors!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Shaunt on May 13, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Believe it or not...this book helps control tantrums. Most kids between 2 and 4 don't have the vocabulary to express their feelings. This book teaches them the different emotions, and assigns a color to them. If my son starts to cry, instead of getting frustrated, I can ask him, "Are you a blue monter (the sad one) or a yellow monster (the glad one)? He'll say the blue monster. It's how we get kids to verbalize instead of tantrum. It's helped immensely. I wouldn't use the mask part though, cause kids sometimes don't understand that you are behind the mask and they think you've gone away. Also recommend "Go Away Big Scary Monster" by Emberly. Fantastic!!!

On a side note...I will say that I've never been able to really use the fold out pages (that has eye holes for you to look through...so you can be one of the monsters)....the book's a bit unwieldy that way. But I just ignore that part of it and just read the book like I would any other.

After the "mad monster" gets mad at a kid knocking down his blocks....I ask my son - What makes you mad? And then..."What makes you sad? - Happy?" - and so on.

When you tell kids to stop yelling or throwing things (or whatever your kid might do to show frustration) sometimes they interpret it as, "We're not allowed to be angry." Which'll make them robots when they grow up. This book opens the discussion up for them.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Sayers on November 5, 2004
Format: Hardcover
The book is thirty pages long in dark black pages with bright happy and sad colorful faces with two holes for the eyes and the larger shape opening for the nose. In the front of the book is the diagram that explains the steps to use the flaps. A child who is not yet able to read will know how to follow these self-explanatory steps with cute pictures. First the book gets opened with the flap being lifted, read the text and try on the mask while pretending to have fun!

This is a fun and imaginative book that can be utilized alone by a child to experiment with the faces or masks depending on what they want to call them. You can involve more than one child and adult and use the colors to interact with other toys to pick which feeling they are.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. Mulder-Seward on March 6, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book has fold out pages that either you or your child can "wear". My 15-month-old thinks its funny when I wear each of the monster masks. I think it is a good book for toddlers, as well as, older children. Toddlers enjoy the bright colors and masks. Older children should enjoy wearing the masks themselves, as well as, exploring feeling and monsters.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 14, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book has the basics -- mad, sad, glad -- but uses needlessly complex language (like using "worried" instead of "scared"). The drawings are a little fussy and to me, the faces with various emotions look more alike than different. I applaud the concept but wonder if this book could have been made a little simpler for its target audience, which is, after all, 2- and 3-year olds.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Mosher on September 17, 2004
Format: Hardcover
My 2-year old just loves this book! Yes, as one reviewer mentioned, the "masks" are a bit unwieldy to manipulate, but the pictures are adorable, and the text is charming -- my Sophie tries to "read" along even though she doesn't know what the words mean, and she mimics the faces and my tone of voice. I got this book as a hand-me-down, but I would gladly pay for it (and may end up doing so, as our copy is getting demolished with wear!).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Kim on June 27, 2009
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My toddler loves this book! It comes with masks that you tear out and store in a pocket in the back of tis book. Would recommend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dana S. Mccloskey on May 3, 2009
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I had no idea what this book was until it arrived and I found my 3 yr old really liked the masks and sharing what made him sad, happy, excited, etc. A lot of fun
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