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Glad Monster, Sad Monster Hardcover – September 1, 1997

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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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: LB Kids; Revised ed. edition (September 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316573957
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316573955
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.6 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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My kids really like "Go Away, Big Green Monster" and "Nighty Night, Little Green Monster" by Ed Emberley. When I found he wrote this book I was so excited, I thought this would be a good addition to our collection. It was just okay. My kids didn't really like it as much as the other books. The book comes with removable masks (which we actually didn't tear out because I was afraid they'd get lost). We would talk about the different emotions the monsters had, but it just wasn't as "cool" as flipping each page and a monster being created (or disappearing).
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My son loves this book, and I think it helps a lot with his emotional intelligence.

The masks come out and there is a pocket in the back to hold them in. Of course they still get left out and ripped up, though. But it's nice that they thought of the pocket. We tried very hard to keep them safe for a couple of weeks!

My son and I will reference what color monster we feel like sometimes to help express our feelings. I can ask him what color monster he feels like when he seems a little overwhelmed with emotion, which helps him to stop and reflect on his feelings so we can better address the problem. It's also a little more meaningful when I tell him, for example, that I feel like the blue monster because he is jumping on me and it hurts.

Also, and this was of his own design, he uses his "monster friends" to help protect him from his blinds. The tree outside his window sometimes scrapes his window, so he's afraid of his blinds. But he'll call his monster friends and/or lay their masks around his bed to help him feel safe. He prefers the green monster, to better scare off whatever is scaring him.
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There is no story to this book. It's just fun.

It's colorful. It engages a kid with the shapes and faces. And its' just a fun book.

If you're like me, any book that encourages a child to pick it up and turn every page until the end is a good book. Just because a book like this doesn't have a story, or a moral lesson to teach, doesn't mean it's not a good book. Kids like this book because it's fun and that makes it a winner!

There is some educational value to it in that it talks about emotions (It shows different faces to match the monsters' emotions). That's good stuff, but it's not the strength of this book. The strength of this book is how much fun it is and how stimulating it is to a child's imagination.
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