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Go away, big green monster!
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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.
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School Library Journal Review
PreS-- 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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Ages 2-6. For a younger audience than Bradbury's Switch on the Night (also reviewed in this issue), this striking picture book takes a hands-on approach to dealing with nighttime fears. In fact, it may be hard for parents to pry their kids' hands off the book and get them to bed. Using die-cut, black pages, the book begins with the monster's "two big yellow eyes" glowing through round holes. Each flip of a page displays more features shining in electric colors through new holes--"a long blue nose / a big red mouth with sharp white teeth / two little squiggly ears . . . ," and so on--until the narrator announces, "You don't scare me! So GO AWAY scraggly purple hair . . . ," and dismisses the monster page by page, feature by feature, like the departing Cheshire Cat. In the last half of the book, the monster appears on pages in the same vibrant colors that showed through the cuts in the black pages. Graphically playful and exciting, this picture book promises to jazz up any story time and to give individual children a measure of control over at least one monster. ~--Carolyn Phelan
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