The Monster at the End of this Book (Sesame Street) Hardcover – May 11 2004
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Jon Stone was the first head writer for Sesame Street and was one of the show’s principal directors and producers for over 24 years.
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This is the only book I remember my dad reading to me - EVER. (Probably because I asked for it a million times!!) He would act the parts out and change his voice and I would roll on the floor with laughter. When it came to Grover's antics, my dad would pretend that the pages really *were* stuck together. He'd grunt and groan and s-l-o-w-l-y turn the pages.
I read it to my kids - my children and students alike - in the same manner. And you know what? Everyone rolls on the floor giggling. Everyone has a good time.
I highly recommend this one - it is a great story about the wacky ways we devise to avoid what we think we fear. BUT, it is also a great way to build memories that will last forever with your children.
Basically, I'm a college student who was so profoundly touched by this work of book that I must stress its greatness to those generations that look up to me so dearly (yes, all of them). Essentially, the repeated reading of this book at an early age for me created a lens through which all other works of suspense were viewed and interpreted. Needless to say, Hitchcock never did it for me, and waiting for twists at the end of "The Twilight Zone" was like waiting for crust at the end of a piece of pizza.
No, not a single work of suspense could top this one. Told in the most ominous second person, protagonist Grover implores the reader not to turn the pages, for there is, as the title may suggest, a flesh eating virus hidden within the pages of the book itself. Just kidding, there's actually a monster at the end of the book, and if you wish to ignore the age-old adage that "curiousity killed the cat," then you just might find this out for yourself. (I, on Grover's recommendation, did not in fact turn the pages for several months after starting the book, until my mommy assured me that it was okay. Needless to say, I trust my own mother over a Muppet.)
At the risk of giving away any scant fragment of the ending, I must cease my review here. But be forewarned, the trip to the end of the book will be a thrilling one.Read more ›
That was a long time ago, and I now have the pleasure of passing on this story to kids myself. If you've read it, you know how fun it is. If you haven't, here's the gist of it:
1-There's a monster at the end of the book (just like the title says!).
2-Loveable Grover wants NOTHING to do with that monster.
3-So he pleads, begs, and implores the reader not to turn the page so that they don't get to the end of the book (with its monster!).
4-Which of course, it being a book, the reader does.
5-Grover then tries all kinds of ways of stopping the reader from turning the pages, but again, it being a book, the reader does.
6-It ends with a surprise ending is a ton of fun for kids.
Two things makes this book so much fun. First, the book really lends itself to being read with funny voices, loud exclamations, and all kinds of fun effects that kids love (like another reviewer said, pretending the pages are stuck, or to heavy to life, is a great favorite). Second, and I think most importantly, the book lets kids disobey a direct order. They get to act "bad" by turning the page. On one level, turning pages against someone begging you in fear not to isn't too nice. But the fact that this is a book gives kids free license to do so- in fact, they're meant to! So no matter how much you beg or plead, kids just REALLY want to turn to the next page! The funny tone, the great pictures, the suspense, all reinforce that this really is a fun book.Read more ›
I liked this book because it was by Sesame Street and it was funny. I think that a lot of little kids would like to read this book because it was surprising who the monster was really at the end of the book. And it showed you not to be afraid of all monsters and all monsters are not really that bad. I also liked this book because it was short and just about any little kid would enjoy it and they could read it too. I recommend this book for any kid. It is very enjoyable.
Most recent customer reviews
My son hides his eyes every time we read it! Such a fun book!!!Published 8 days ago by Danielle Friel
Great little book. I learned to love Grover because of this book and now my daughter is also.Published 3 months ago by Dave Carter
We adore this book and the second one with Elmo. I loved it as a child and now so does my son!Published 4 months ago by n
i bought it for my grandson because it was my kids favourite bookPublished 7 months ago by Cathy Frank