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The Monster at the End of this Book (Sesame Street) [Hardcover]

Jon Stone , Michael Smollin
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
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May 11 2004 Big Little Golden Book
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Memories in the Making June 24 2001
Format:Board book
Grover is more than a little nervous - after all, there's a MONSTER at the end of the book. So, he enacts all kinds of zaniness like gluing the pages together in order to keep (protect) YOU (not him!!) from the monster at the end of the book.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderfully fun book for kids!! June 27 2010
By A. Volk #1 REVIEWER #1 HALL OF FAME
Format:Hardcover
This is the first book I can remember reading on my own. I was three years old, and looking back, I'm not sure if I could actually read it or if I just memorized it after hearing it so many times!

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Monster From the Very Beginning March 24 2004
By Mike D.
Format:Board book
Of course, to see a person's amazon.com blurb on a novel (or novella) such as this one, you would estimate the person's age to be either that of a parent, such as say 26 or 32, or that of a small child, perhaps four or even six. However, considering my spelling and grammar in the first sentence, you can probably deduce that the latter is not applicable. As for the former, I've got a ways to go.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't turn the page! Jan. 6 2003
Format:Board book
I wandered into the room of my best friend's three-year-old son, preparing to read him a book before he went to bed. When I saw this book among the pile on his floor, I got nostalgic. Really nostalgic. My mom read me the same book when I was his age, and I love, LOVE this book.
Not only does it teach you that sometimes the answer to all of your questions is right in front of you, but it does so by giving you pages of Grover, one of the most hysterical, lovable Muppets. The rattling of Grover's nerves, and the actual building of suspense in a picture book, keep the reader turning the book's pages -- even though Grover BEGS you not to do so. The reader is actually included in the narrative, for the book involves only Grover talking to the reader. The book thus becomes involving very quickly and entertaining throughout it.
Plus, the final punchline is a great payoff.
If you have children, this is an absolute must. Unlike other books from children's shows, this one's intelligent, maintains proper values and isn't beat-me-over-the-head annoying.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 7 days ago by Jayme
5.0 out of 5 stars Brings back great memories. Even though it gives away the surprise ...
I remember reading this as a child. Brings back great memories. Even though it gives away the surprise the first time you read it, my boy loves reading it over and over again. Read more
Published 13 days ago by michelle
4.0 out of 5 stars Bad printer! But AWESOME book
The only reason it didn't get 5 stars, is because the pages and cover were offset. The covers width was just short of the pages. Bad printer!
But AWESOME book! Read more
Published 28 days ago by Kristin Fitzpatrick
5.0 out of 5 stars the only thing is I ordered the board book (which is great for a...
great/funny book. the only thing is I ordered the board book (which is great for a toddler) however, it is a bit small
Published 28 days ago by Andrea
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I loved this book as a child and I bought it for my daughter.
Published 3 months ago by JSY
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book.
I have always enjoyed this book since I was a kid and now I get to share it with my own.
Published 4 months ago by Janelle
1.0 out of 5 stars Very cheaply made version of a great book.
I have many well made Golden Books but this one, I am sad to say, is not well made at all. Pages of book are wider than the covers.
Published 6 months ago by Anne Herringer
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Best book ever recommended to everyone now everyone wants one so I went through Amazon to get it everyone one of my kids have a copy for their kids
Published 8 months ago by Jeanette Laliberty
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourites!
This book is adorable. A quick read as one of many for a bed time story. Not too long, but more than 4 or 5 words on each page like many toddler books. Read more
Published 8 months ago by kjklewis
5.0 out of 5 stars childhood fave
Childhood favorite that still makes me giggle. My son loves it now as much as I did when I was his age. Brilliant!
Published 8 months ago by dawn toering boyes
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