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Go Away, Big Green Monster! Hardcover – 1992
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Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Top Customer Reviews
I frequently use this book for story programs. The first part of the book builds the monster by adding one facial feature at a time. I usually ask the children what the facial feature is or what color it is. The hair is purple, the face is green. When the monster is complete, I ask if they are scared. They never are. Then we get out our pointer fingers, shake them at the book, and in our bossiest voice chase that monster away. The book ends with the children telling the monster not to come back until we say so.
Whenever I read this book to a group, I invariably see children rereading the book on their own. Usually half the children want to check out a copy of the book. Because the graphics are so good, and the story so strong, even very young children can "read" this book to themselves. I love to see the children sitting at tables, shaking their fingers at the book, and gruffly telling that bad monster to "Go away."
I highly recommend this book because it is empowering, it's fun, and it's a great book to teach your child to love books.
But don't worry, because once Big Green Monster is all put together, he's taken apart again. "YOU DON'T SCARE ME!" reads the text, "So, GO AWAY..." Page by page and one by one, the scary features disappear as ordered. The book ends with "GO AWAY, Big Green Monster! And DON'T COME BACK! Until I say so."
Wow. If only I'd had this book when that scary clown was in my son's closet. Or when the mysterious cowboy was in his brother's room. Or when that nasty giant was hiding out in my parents' fireplace about thirty years ago.
I was a bit amazed at the cut out construction of this tale. It's cleverly done and expertly woven. But as some reviews of this book have pointed out, it's probably a book best written for kids who ALREADY are afraid of big green monsters. If you've a child who's never considered that monsters might be out there with "a big red mouth with sharp white teeth" this might suddenly inspire them to become afraid for the first time. Sort of the antithesis of what the book is supposed to accomplish. I mean, it's a cute book. No question. Just make certain that you're handing it to a little one that is not innocent in the ways of monsters and monster appearance.
Oh, and as a personal side note, I love the cover. The big green monster stares out at the viewer in a perfect Kilroy-esque appearance (his big ole nose hanging like a blue cucumber over the yellow wall). Any book that references Kilroy is a-okay by me.
The book itself is a wonderful example of a "movable book" in that the pages are designed to slowly reveal the face of a rather cartoonish monster through cut outs, so that the face is gradually revealed. Starting with two "big yellow eyes", the pages progress through adding a mouth and nose and hair, until children can perceive the entire face of the monster. Then the same process is done in reverse, with pieces of the monster disappearing as the text commands those pieces to go away, until the monster is gone. This Cheshire cat-like visual trick is used effectively, and will not only give children some sense of power over the monster, but allows them to guess what will appear or disappear next, and to grasp the sense of shapes and color that make up the monster.
The text is simple fairly large and appealing white text on a vividly colored page. When the monster is being assembled, children can become familiar with the adjectives and colors used to describe each part. The "big yellow eyes", the "long bluish-greenish nose", the "purple squiggly hair" and so forth. As the monster is disassembled, the words "Go Away" are repeated on each page, larger than the rest of the text, and each command ends with an exclamation point, reinforcing the fact that the reader is telling the monster what to do. The last page declares "And don't come back!" with a smaller admission of "Until I say so.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
VERY BAD CONDITION!!! THEY DIDN'T SAY THAT PAGES WERE BROKEN AND PUT TOGETHER WITH TAPE!!!Published 12 days ago by Lorraine
This was the first book my oldest son read on his own. It helped him get over scary situations.
It's since been passed down to my other 2 boys. Read more
My daughter loves this book! After I read it a few times to her she now reads it to me. I like that it has brightly colored sturdy pages too!Published 17 days ago by Jamie
My students loved the story. They take turns to turn the pages and some of them even know parts of the story by heartPublished 18 days ago by Patricia Cheetham
Cute book to read to Kindies and do a craft with. They make their own monster and write a sentence about each part of his face.Published 1 month ago by Robyn L. Reagan
My granddaughter brought this book home from preschool and loved it so much she wanted it for her own library. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer