The Monster at the End of This Book

Here is a truly beloved classic, guaranteed to invoke contagious giggles.
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Title: The Monster at the End of this Book
Written by: Jon Stone
Illustrated by: Michael Smollin
Random House, 1971
Suitable for ages: 3-5

Themes/topics: monsters

Opening:
WHAT DID YOU SAY? On the first page, 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!!!

Brief synopsis
(from barnesandnoble.com) By all accounts, this book is a favorite among toddlers and adults alike. Generations will recall their first time reading along as lovable, furry old Grover begs the reader not to turn the page . . . for a monster is at the end of the book!

Activites and Resources:
Some activities: http://wildrumpusschoolhouse.blogspot.com/2013/04/the-monster-at-end-of-this-book.html
An app is available as well as a sequel, Another Monster at the End of this Book.

Why I like this book:
For children’s writers, this is the supreme example of “breaking the fourth wall.” But what is it that makes this book so irresistible? Is it “Lovable, Furry Old Grover?” The emotion filled speech bubbles? The pure silliness? Whatever it is, you need to be ready to “read it again” and again and again. Who says a book is not interactive?
 

Visit author Susanna Hill’s Perfect Picture Books for a plethora of picture books listed by title and topic/theme, each with teacher/parent resources.


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