The End (Almost) and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Qty:1
  • List Price: $16.99
  • Save: $3.54 (21%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 18 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Good | Details
Sold by -Daily Deals-
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: This Book is in Good Condition. Used Copy With Light Amount of Wear. 100% Guaranteed.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

The End (Almost) Hardcover – February 25, 2014


See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$13.45
$8.44 $9.38

Best Children's Books of 2014
The Best Books of the Year for Kids
See all of our editors' picks for the Best Children's Books of 2014 for kids of all ages, from toddlers to teens.


Frequently Bought Together

The End (Almost) + The Day the Crayons Quit + The Book with No Pictures
Price for all three: $33.36

Buy the selected items together
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Image
Looking for the Audiobook Edition?
Tell us that you'd like this title to be produced as an audiobook, and we'll alert our colleagues at Audible.com. If you are the author or rights holder, let Audible help you produce the audiobook: Learn more at ACX.com.

Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press (February 25, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545177316
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545177313
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #549,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

K-Gr 2—Riding the recent trend toward metafiction in picture books, Benton introduces readers to a rotund blue bear who is alarmed that the narrator has declared, "The end." after only two pages. Donut is incredulous, defiant, and dejected by turns, conversing with the narrator via speech bubbles. Finally, the narrator agrees to continue the story; however, the next page turn reveals that the book is out of pages. Donut is crestfallen until the narrator offers to read the story again. The use of flat planes of color, heavy outlines, and cheeky characters is reminiscent of the work of Mo Willems and Bob Shea, but the characters here are more static and predictable. The ending prompts readers to start over from the beginning, but the joke already feels over by that point. Humor is subjective, so there are certainly readers for this title, but overall it seems too derivative to attract a large audience. This is a serviceable purchase for large collections, and with Donut grinning toothily on the cover, it will certainly circulate, but libraries that are counting their pennies won't miss out by passing on this one.—Anna Haase Krueger, Ramsey County Library, MN

From Booklist

A bear named Donut takes center page and burps. That’s the end of Benton’s (Dear Dumb Diary series) very silly and minimal new picture book. Except not quite. As it turns out, Donut the bear disagrees and proceeds to make a nuisance of himself, arguing the point with the narrator, disappearing and jumping back onto the page, even going so far as to disguise himself. Finally, the narrator is worn down by the bear’s perseverance and tells a story featuring a unicorn, a robot, and a talking ice-cream cone. Except not quite. This time, unfortunately, the pages have run out. Cartoonishly funny, if more than a little reminiscent of a certain bus-driving pigeon, Benton’s big, goofy bear with the huge, expressive mouth is more than likely to get rooms full of young readers rooting along for more stories. A fast, lightweight confection that will leave the palate as quickly as it arrived, but for that brief moment, it’s an enjoyable treat. Preschool-Grade 1. --Jesse Karp

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
5 star
10
4 star
0
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 10 customer reviews
The little ones now read it to me.
Margaret Riepen
In this book, he offers up a clever, entertaining story for young readers with bright, engaging illustrations.
Ottomaniac
I am a kindergarten teacher and my kids loved, loved, loved this book.
Kelly Quinn

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ottomaniac on March 9, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Jim Benton never ceases to amaze me with his talent for humor. In this book, he offers up a clever, entertaining story for young readers with bright, engaging illustrations. I received a copy from him for my sister, who is a teacher and before handing it over for her class, I read it to my 1 year old grandson; being geared toward older children didn't matter, he loved the illustrations, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it to him! Donut miss out on this exciting new title teachers & add a copy to your children's library as it is sure to be an all-time favorite!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jade aposhian on March 6, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I received one of these goodies for free from Jim for my classroom. My kindergarteners adored it and cracked up harder as the story rolled on. The book was great for making predictions and brainstorming other silly things that Donut could have potentially done to keep his story from ending. Placed the book in my library and noticed the kids acting out Donut's parts and creating additional silly skits .

Thanks for the fun addition to our classroom library!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By tvtv3 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 31, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Donut is a blue bear and in THE END (ALMOST) he's the star of his own story. However, when the story is over, Donut doesn't want it to end and does everything he can to keep the end from happening. I was a guest reader at a preschool and read this story and the children loved it and adored Donut. Perhaps he'll get to star in even more stories of his own in the future, but if not, you can do like the book suggests and read THE END (ALMOST) over and over again.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Niki B. on March 5, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I am a longtime fan of Jim Benton and jumped at a chance to receive a free copy for our school library. I haven't been able to stop reading it since it arrived. The illustrations are bold and funny, and the story is very clever. Even though it is classified as a picture book, the story is a hit with our young readers, my teenage boys, and adults alike. I have already added several copies to my shopping list for gifts this year. Keep 'em coming!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nancy T. on May 2, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is a marvelous book for young children. It has lots of laughs for the child and is a delight for adults to read aloud.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?