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The Monster at the End of This Book (Sesame Street) [Kindle Edition]

Jon Stone , Mike Smolin
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (886 customer reviews)

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Please do not read this book. There is a furry blue monster at the end of it! Beware!

Editorial Reviews

From the Inside Flap

Starring loveable, furry old Grover!

What did that say? On the cover, what did that say? Did that say there will be a monster at the end of this book?

IT DID? Oh, I am so scared of monsters!!!

About the Author

Jon Stone was the first head writer for Sesame Street and was one of the show’s principal directors and producers for over 24 years.

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100 of 103 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't turn the page! January 6, 2003
Format:Board book
I wandered into the room of my best friend's three-year-old son, preparing to read him a book before he went to bed. When I saw this book among the pile on his floor, I got nostalgic. Really nostalgic. My mom read me the same book when I was his age, and I love, LOVE this book.
Not only does it teach you that sometimes the answer to all of your questions is right in front of you, but it does so by giving you pages of Grover, one of the most hysterical, lovable Muppets. The rattling of Grover's nerves, and the actual building of suspense in a picture book, keep the reader turning the book's pages -- even though Grover BEGS you not to do so. The reader is actually included in the narrative, for the book involves only Grover talking to the reader. The book thus becomes involving very quickly and entertaining throughout it.
Plus, the final punchline is a great payoff.
If you have children, this is an absolute must. Unlike other books from children's shows, this one's intelligent, maintains proper values and isn't beat-me-over-the-head annoying.
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173 of 194 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Destiny, Fate, and Self-Knowledge March 1, 2000
By A Customer
_The Monster At The End Of This Book_ (henceforth "TMATEOTB") is a fascinating treatise on several of the philosophical problems lurking at the core of modern and classical thought. The premise -- that, with the turn of each page, the reader brings self-described "lovable, furry Grover" closer to danger at the hands of the title monster -- allows one to question the very nature of free will and destiny. Is Grover doomed to encounter the monster? The conceit that it is the act of turning pages -- the literal act of reading itself -- that causes the ending to come about inevitably leads to the question: Would the book end differently if one _didn't_ finish reading it? On another level, TMATEOTB addresses one of the paradoxes of contemporary physics: The equality of space and time. The "end of the book" is an event in the future, but the monster is not spoken of as "arriving", but as _already being there_. Thus, turning pages moves the reader and Grover not only forward in time, as in most traditional literature, but also forward in space, leading to the perilous End of the Book. Lastly, TMATEOTB is about how we are ultimately at the whim of the cosmic forces that shape our lives. The hapless protagonist tries again and again to stop the reader from turning pages by erecting brick walls and nailing one page to the other. His efforts are futile, but he remains unaware of his essential helplessness in the face of a Reader. Perhaps, the book says, we are ultimately doomed to fail, trapped within the pages of cosmic irony, but unable to prevent or even perceive the inevitability of our encounter with the monster. Read more ›
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Memories in the Making June 24, 2001
Format:Board book
Grover is more than a little nervous - after all, there's a MONSTER at the end of the book. So, he enacts all kinds of zaniness like gluing the pages together in order to keep (protect) YOU (not him!!) from the monster at the end of the book.
This is the only book I remember my dad reading to me - EVER. (Probably because I asked for it a million times!!) He would act the parts out and change his voice and I would roll on the floor with laughter. When it came to Grover's antics, my dad would pretend that the pages really *were* stuck together. He'd grunt and groan and s-l-o-w-l-y turn the pages.
I read it to my kids - my children and students alike - in the same manner. And you know what? Everyone rolls on the floor giggling. Everyone has a good time.
I highly recommend this one - it is a great story about the wacky ways we devise to avoid what we think we fear. BUT, it is also a great way to build memories that will last forever with your children.
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59 of 69 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars love the book, hate the size! December 15, 2010
By lcg
Format:Board book|Verified Purchase
first, I should make it clear that I love this book, it was one of my favorites growing up. I read it in a regular edition to my daughter and she seemed to like it almost as much as I do(she is 19 months so her sense of humor is still developing, she'll get there!).

since she is still a young toddler I decided to get her the board book edition and I am sorry I did. it is tiny! in some board books this wouldn't matter, in this one it doesn't work. so much of the humor in this book lies in the page layout--you lose all of that since the book itself is so small.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic of Modern Philosophy October 9, 2001
Format:Board book
Do not get confused. This book seems to be written for children, and no doubt they will enjoy it. But this is, hands down, one of the greatest, most lucid and simple books on post-modern angst I can think of. The message: We always have a fear of a painful and uncertain end, and we do whatever we can to avoid the inevitable. But, in the end, the monster is ourselves. Buy this for your favorite existentialist or buddhist. You will not be disappointed. I even used this book as a source for my Master's Thesis on Absurdist theatre. It warrants praise.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Timeless Classic! You'll laugh your socks off! February 29, 2000
No matter how old (or young) you are you will not be able to stop laughing after you read this book. I'm 23 and I still love it, in fact I love to read it to kids as well. I can't quite do as good a grover as my mom but the kids don't mind. I grew up with this book. I guaruntee you're kinds will love it and you'll love reading it to them. And if you don't well then maybe you should see your doctor becuase you've lost your funny bone!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars My children loved this book
My children loved this book, and now my grandchildren enjoy it. They especially like it when I do the Grover voice.
Published 18 hours ago by peruvianprincess
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of my all time favorite books
Published 1 day ago by Dee Ferris
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the best book for little children
This is the best book for little children. The first time I read it to my granddaughter with my scary voice she
laughed and laughed. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Michele M. Klein
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 plus
I loved reading this book with my niece and nephew. We made a scary and then a happy ending with it. They wanted me to read it all the time with them.
Published 3 days ago by Donna
5.0 out of 5 stars Have no fear!
Perfect book to teach children the only thing to fear is fear itself.
Published 4 days ago by John Aland
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my kids favorite books. When read well (the more dramatic the...
One of my kids favorite books. When read well (the more dramatic the better), it's sure to have your little ones rolling with laughter.
Published 4 days ago by K. Nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Scary
Very funny.
Published 6 days ago by Finn
5.0 out of 5 stars Great buy!
My son LOVES to read this book. It's very funny and keeps him entertained all the way to the end. We love to imitated grovers voice and "break through" to the next page. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Stephanie
5.0 out of 5 stars I have always loved this book when I read it to my kids
I have always loved this book when I read it to my kids. They still love it and now their children are enjoying having it read to them.
Published 6 days ago by Sandra Garcia-Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book Ever!!!
Great Book - Used to read it when I was a kid. It's most fun when the parents/grandparents read it to the kid and act like they just don't want to turn the page and let the kids... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Kurt Luster
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