Go Away, Big Green Monster!

Go Away, Big Green Monster! review and summary


Ed Emberley (Author)


Age Range: 2 - 5 years
Grade Level: Preschool - 3
Lexile Measure: 550 (<a id="lexileWhatsThis_db" href="



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OVER 1 MILLION COPIES SOLD!

This classic interactive book that has been helping children chase away nighttime fears for 25 years is perfect for Halloween--and all-year round!

Caldecott Award-winner Ed Emberley has created an ingenious way for children to overcome bedtime frights. As kids turn the die-cut pages of this vibrantly illustrated book, they'll watch the Big Green Monster grow before their very eyes. Then, when they're ready to show him who's in charge, they'll turn the remaining pages and watch him disappear!

Ed Emberley's groundbreaking book about mastering fear and emotion through play and imagination has been a bestselling favorite for decades and feels as fresh and innovative today as it did 25 years ago.
Go Away, Big Green Monster! review and summary

Editor opinion

From Publishers Weekly

The Caldecott Medalist makes wonderful use of innovative production techniques in this ingenious offering. Differently diecut and boldly colored pages reveal increasingly scary features of a big green monster--on the first spread, we see two big yellow eyes; on the second, the eyes plus a long blue nose; and so on, until the monster is fully unmasked. But that's only half the story. "You don't scare me!" reads the caption after the monster is shown in all its horror. Turn more pages and, one by one, the scary features disappear, as does, of course, the monster. "And don't come back! Until I say so," the text concludes. A joy to read aloud, the simple story entertains even as it helps its audience master common fears. Emberley's striking approach should win him new fans aplenty. Ages 3-8.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-- A graphic delight. In the tradition of Lois Ehlert's Color Zoo (1989) and Color Farm (1990, both HarperCollins), this is a clever series of die-cut pages that lets children construct and then deconstruct a big green monster. The book starts with a black page, and two round eyes gleaming through the text. "Big Green Monster has two big yellow eyes." Each page adds a new adjective-laden element, including a "long bluish-greenish nose" and "scraggy purple hair" until the culmination of effects prompts a response of, "YOU DON'T SCARE ME! SO GO AWAY . . . ." Each subsequent page subtracts one of the scary pieces until the last page is entirely black, featuring the words, "and DON'T COME BACK! Until I say so." This imaginative original work is a most friendly way in which children can take control over their own "monsters" or nightmares. It also has great visual appeal because of the bold interplay between shape and color. --Elizabeth Hanson, Chicago Public Library
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Go Away, Big Green Monster! review and summary

Go Away, Big Green Monster! review and summary

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I was reading some of the one or two stars reviews and I would like to say something about this book, and in a way answer to those reviewers .

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I was reading some of the one or two stars reviews and I would like to say something about this book, and in a way answer to those reviewers .

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This book has become a fast favorite in our household. My daughter is 3 and has just entered the phase where she's scared of Monsters and The Dark.

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As long as you understand that toddlers love to grab and rip (so you either read it with them and keep them from ripping the die-cut pages or accept the fact that you may have to tape on the nose and other pieces if they get rough with the book), you will love this book! My 2 1/2 year old went through an "afraid of the dark" phase last summer and someone recommended this book. After lots of TLC, talks, more nightlights and reading this book, my daughter now LOVES monsters and giggles at the thought of them! She can read the book on her own just by looking at the images as they change (as you turn each page, the monster's features appear and then disappear). And I love it when she says "Go away big green monster and don't come back!" Very empowering to tell your little one that they can decide to tell the monsters to simply go away. Every child is different, but this one definitely worked for us!@@@@Extra Pages?

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However, not sure if you should buy it from Amazon. We received the book in a condition that looked either used, or mishandled. Gluey junk on the front and back covers primarily. I couldn't be bothered to go through the hassle of returning it, but definitely wouldn't recommend buying it from Amazon if you're planning on gifting it or don't have the time to return it if it comes to you jacked.@@@@A Non Scary Monster Book for tots

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I totally would recommend it!@@@@Best early reader

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Fun story and our 2 year old loves it from school, but unfortunately our copy has two duplicate pages that mess up the story for him. I have to skip them since he’s used to hearing it a certain way and wants to participate.@@@@GREAT BOOK, used/mishandled copy from Amazon

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Fun story and our 2 year old loves it from school, but unfortunately our copy has two duplicate pages that mess up the story for him. I have to skip them since he’s used to hearing it a certain way and wants to participate.@@@@GREAT BOOK, used/mishandled copy from Amazon

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