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The Monster at the End of This Book Hardcover – May 13, 2003
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Many, many adults name this book as their favorite Little Golden Book. Generations of kids have interacted with lovable, furry old Grover as he begs the reader not to turn the page . . . for a monster is at the end of the book!
Oh, I am so embarrassed, he says on the last page, for of course the monster is Grover himself!
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 more than 24 years. He died in 1997.
Michael Smollin is an illustrator. His books include Another Monster at the End of This Book and The Alligator’s A. B. C.
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I recently purchased this book for a friend's baby shower gift, and she, too, said it was one of her absolute favorite books as a child and she was eager to share it with her own son when he was old enough. It's heartening to know that a simple children's book can be so beloved by all ages.
As stated before, what makes "Monster" unique is that it's main character, Grover, is fully aware that he's in a book, and tries to tell the reader to not turn the pages -- because the further you read, the closer you get to the end of the book, where supposedly a monster lurks. Grover pleads with the reader, and even resorts to increasingly silly methods to keep the reader from turning the pages. There's even a bit of suspense built up as Grover's fear builds with every page turned, and one can't help but feel a little sorry for him. Naturally, I won't spoil the ending, and I doubt any reader, no matter the age, is going to stop reading to the very end despite all Grover's best efforts.
Also, the art bears mention -- it's a loose and sketchy style, in contrast with the later Sesame Street books that would have relatively crisp and clean artwork, and very few of the pages have actual backgrounds. But I actually rather liked it as a kid, and I still like it now. The story is very simple and no-frills, and so the artwork is made to match. Also, it's nice to have a unique art style in a TV-spinoff book, where most books based on a TV show have generic-looking "canned art" instead of much in the way of creativity.
A fun and unique read for young children, this is a must for any child's library. Young readers will enjoy feeling that they have control over the story, and giggling along to Grover's antics.
This book directly addresses the reader, with Grover doing everything he can think of to try and prevent pages from being turned. His fear is the titular monster at the end of the book. I remember reading this with a mixture of anticipation, excitement, and a little bit of fear when I was a kid - so I hope my son will experience it similarly when he's old enough to really enjoy the story.
The book is so well written and adorable! I love how Grover is talking to the readers throughout the book; it really feels as though you are interacting with him during the story. And his comments and pleas to the readers to stop turning pages is so cute. My kids get more excited as anticipation grows, and we get closer and closer to the end of the book.
I also really love how the message helps to relay that there was nothing to be afraid of the whole time. It's funny how kids will naturally empathize with Grover being afraid of monsters. But in a way, they become somewhat empowered as the readers who keep turning the pages. And the ending does such a great job of giving a warm reassuring feeling that everything is fine, and Grover was silly to be scared (especially because he's the monster at the end of the book).
This book was delivered very quickly and was packaged well. It arrived in perfect new condition and as expected.
And by the way, the price for this book is unbeatable! Because I consider this to be a personal favorite and classic, I have actually bought it several times as gifts for other kids. Again, the price is awesome and everyone enjoys it; it's a win win for all!
Highly recommended!!! :)