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Perfect Picture Book Friday – The Monster at the End of this Book

3 Feb

Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because it’s so FUNNY!

The Monster at the End of this Book
By Jon Stone
Illustrated by Michael Smollin
24 pages – ages 2+
Published by Golden Books (2nd edition) on May 13, 2003. Originally published in 1971.

Theme/Topic – Facing your fears / Humor

Opening and Synopsis – “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!!!”

Grover is scared of the monster at the end of the book. He tries his very best to keep the reader (you) from turning the pages and getting to the end of the book where the MONSTER is! He ties the pages together, nails the pages together and tries to build a brick wall on the pages to make them too heavy to turn. So, every time you turn the page, Loveable, Furry Old Grover FREAKS OUT! When you finally get to the last page, Grover realizes the only monster there is…HIM (and he is very embarrassed about it 😉 )!

Why I liked this book –  First of all, look at the illustrations! Who wouldn’t LOVE that?!?

Secondly, it’s really neat how it seems like Grover is really talking to you in the book. I love making Grover freak out! The book is hysterical and it is pretty neat how you make Grover face his fears. Thirdly, this was my mom’s FAVORITE book from when she was little and it is REALLY funny to hear her read it!

Activities and Resources –

While I really like the book version of “The Monster at the End of this Book” there is an award-winning app available from Apple and I have to admit, it’s pretty cool. I think little kids will really love it. You can check it out HERE.

The best resource for the book is the Sesame Street website! It is an awesome website packed with all kinds of great stuff for kids. You can to go it by clicking HERE.

There’s another book called “Another Monster at The End of This Book” starring Loveable, Furry Old Grover and Equally Loveable, Furry Little Elmo (that’s right folks! Elmo! 🙂 ). I haven’t read it yet, but I think I will 🙂 .

To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog  HERE!

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