The Monster at the End of This Book (Little Golden Storybook)

by Jon Stone

Hardcover, 1997



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Golden Books (1997)


Grover worries page by page about meeting the monster at the end of this book.

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LibraryThing member eas311
First book I ever read by myself. I blame it for all the other ones.
LibraryThing member lecowan
This book is about the character Grover who does not want you to see the monster at the end of this book. He goes through all sorts of scenarios trying to get the reader from turning each page, thus getting the reader closer to the end of the book and the monster. Grover eventually realizes at the
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end of the book that the monster is actually himself and feels silly about being scared of the monster.

The first time I even heard of this book was in my Children's Literature class. The teacher said "this was the book that started it all for her" and she loves reading it to her own children. I personally thought this book was very cute and engaging from the very beginning with Grover asking the reader on whether or not they should turn the page.

This would be a good book to help children understand actions and consequences. Having the children answer the question of whether or not to turn the page would be a very good example of risk taking and the consequences that come from it. For a hands-on activity I would have a series of questions prepared before hand and have the children decide as a group if we should do the activity the question asks or not do that particular activity. I would also have some kind of reward system involved in this hands-on activity, such as maybe going to an extra recess or finding a hidden object in the room.
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LibraryThing member libgds
This follows Grover of Seasme Street fame as he begs the reader to stop reading the book because there's a monster at the end and he is afraid of monsters. Now I know that this book will not win any awards for great literature, but when I was in kindergarten I thought it was hysterical and I read
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it over and over. I was not a reader at that time, so the fact that I was willing to read it so much shows how it caputured my attention. I have since given copies of this book to my niece and my friends' children and over and over I hear how it is the child's favorite. It's a fun read aloud that allows the reader to interact with the story.
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LibraryThing member allawishus
I remember getting a copy of this with a Happy Meal from McDonalds when I was a kid! Anyway, this title is a totally awesome toddler storytime title. There's really no storyline except that Grover doesn't want you to turn the pages of the book because he's afraid of the monster at the end - of
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course in a delightful metafictive trope, he ends up being the monster at the end of the book. There's great opportunity for audience interaction and acting out things such as Grover nailing the door shut and screaming things out in your best Grover-voice. It's delightful and the illustrations are nice, too, tinged slightly with the early-days of Sesame Street in terms of color, font, etc. A lot of fun!
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LibraryThing member nmhale
This was one of my favorite books when I was little. It's Grover, and he's trying to warn us not to read to the end of the book, because there is a MONSTER at the end! If his words don't work, he'll try ropes, nailed down boards, and even brick walls - anything to keep us from reaching the end.
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This story still makes me laugh out loud when I read it to my daughter. The pictures are bright and humorous, and they feature Grover, who you can't help but love. The dialogue in the book manages to reproduce his quirky style of talking.

Best of all is how the story is more an interaction between character and audience, rather than a narration. Grover really talks to you throughout the whole story as if you were standing right in front of him. At the same time, Grover is well aware that he is in a book, making references to the pages and the cover and the paper. This blurring of fiction and reality is the charm that makes the book stand out from other kids' stories, and made it so appealing to me, both then and now.
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LibraryThing member ReverendMother
Children of all ages roll with laughter all through this if it's read right.
LibraryThing member gingerzing
Very sweet story with my favorite Sesame Street character. Good for reading aloud to small children. Though, be warned it does become an endless loop of reading.
LibraryThing member lovinglederhosen
This is my all-time favorite Christmas book. Children will love interacting with Grover as he tries to keep them from reaching the end of the book where he knows there will be a monster awaiting! The end may be a surprise only to Grover, but it is still always entertaining when you reach it.
LibraryThing member rfewell
I loved this book when I was a kid :-) My son came home to tell me about this great book that someone in his class brought to school. When he described it, it was this book!
LibraryThing member chron002
This book is suspenseful and tell you not to turn the page and to find out he is the monster at the end of this book. Very cute for 1st grade children. I love this book!
LibraryThing member Doris.Biegler
The monster at the end of this book is a cute little story was Grover is scared of the monster, and he goes through all of these pages dreading the monster he will surely find at the end of the book. When he does finally get to the last page he comes to find out he is the monster.

This is a good
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book for children to read when they have fears. This story lets them face Grover’s fear to come and see there was nothing to fear.

When I read this with children I like to talk about what our fears might be, like spiders or snakes or our mean uncle Joe. Then we talk about ways we can overcome our fears with support from the other children. Also we can get collage material out and design our very own monster.
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LibraryThing member Kace
I still get a kick out of reading this book to my kids. Its a classic, and of course, just like Horton, Grover is good people ;)
LibraryThing member roseannes
My friends son (who feels like a nephew to me) had this book one day so I read it to him. He is only 2 so barely paid attention, but I liked reading it aloud anyway. It was so much fun ! I didn't read this one as a child (if you can believe it) but thought that the repetition and the drama was so
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much fun that it would be hard for any kid not to want to hear this one over and over again. The end is a funny revelation for Grover that kids would love to laugh at. I see this as a great book for reading aloud to the whole class.
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LibraryThing member KENJOH
Suspense! I love the fact that a children's book can create a mystery filled with suspense. This book is a classic for me; my mother read it all the time at home. It could be used to teach the word mystery, the skill of using pictures to decode text, or if it's with older children the way authors
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use print (large, small, italics) to convery meaning. I feel for a children's book it is rich with possibilities. If anything it's just plain fun.
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LibraryThing member karawaller
This is a story about Grover telling the readers not to turn the pages of the book because he believes there is a monster at the end of it. He finds ways to try and prevent the pages from turning like "nailing" the pages together and building a brick wall to prevent the pages from being turned. At
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the end of the book, Grover is embarrassed because he is the lovable, furry old monster at the end of the book.

I love this big because it is so funny and cute. While I read this book to children, they were all laughing having such a good time with it.

In the classroom, while reading the book I would ask different students if we should keep turning the pages. After we get done reading the book, we could have a discussion about what we think about monsters and if they really all are scary like they are made out to be.
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LibraryThing member jazzamatazz
this was my favourite book as a 5 year old, so funny!
LibraryThing member kmeling
Hilarious book, a fun one to read aloud for interacting with the attempts Grover makes to get you not to turn the page.
LibraryThing member sarahbatte
This was one of my favorite books when I was really little because I would have my mom read it over and over and I would get scared there was a monster and then there was no monster at all at the end. This book is definatly geared towards a very young audience because I read it over and did not
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find it quite as interesting.
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LibraryThing member Crowyhead
This is such an awesome kids book. :)
LibraryThing member landism
My parents used to read this book to me when I was four years old and I loved it. I recently read The Monster at the End of this Book again and it is still delightful! The Muppet named Grover tries to stop readers from turning the pages because he's scared of the monster at the end of the book.
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Grover ties knots and builds walls, but children keep turning the pages. At the end, we see that it's only Grover at the end of the book. This story is adorable and has great potential as a read-aloud book for preschool and kindergarten children. Kids could definitely feel that they have an active role in the reading.
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LibraryThing member kzrobin
This is a very fun book to read to young children. I like how the reader can use so much enthusiasm while reading this book. The children seem to enjoy it as much as the reader. This is also a great book for a child that may be scared of monsters. It shows the reader that monsters aren’t scary at
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LibraryThing member Khoffy
This is one of the funniest books I've ever read! It's great for a read aloud where you just want to read to your students and enjoy watching them laugh at Grover and the silly things he says. It's great for a read aloud because it allows the reader to change their voice and be enthusiastic.
LibraryThing member vwhitt
Let's explore this book with "Lovable, Furry old Grover: shall we? This is an easy book, no doubt there. But what I find facinationg about this book is that there is only two characters. Grover... and us! This book is writen so Grover is constantly engaging us and treating us like the other
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character of this story. The first page presents readers with a problem; there's a monster at the end of this book! That's bad because Grover is scared of monsters! So, he pleads with readers not to turn the pages of this book, so we never get to the monster. But...that doesn't work. Readers continue to turn pages. We are not held back by ropes, wood, or even brick walls. Eventually we get to the end of the book to find that the only monster in this book is Grover. "Loving, Furry old Grover". Nothing to be afraid of. This book is engaging. Readers find themselves wanting to turn the pages to see what's next and to especially see the monster. This, like other Little Golden Books, is a great starter book for children.

Details: This book was written to interest children in grades Prek-3
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LibraryThing member 1212bec
Will you make it to the end of the book and find what's waiting. Grover builds the anticipation and "fear" of turning another page! A fun encaging book.
LibraryThing member DebbieBspinner
This was one of my children's favorite books. I have it memorized. :)


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8.5 inches


0307160254 / 9780307160256

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