Go Away, Big Green Monster!
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Go Away, Big Green Monster!

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Caldecott Award-winning author-artist Ed Emberley has created an ingenious way for children to chase away their nighttime fears. Kids can turn the pages of this die-cut book and watch the Big Green Monster grow. Then, when they're ready to show him who's in charge, they'll turn the remaining pages and watch him disappear! This lavish reissue features dramatic die-cut eyes...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 1st 1993 by Little, Brown and Company (first published 1992)
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Evelyn Saenz
Go Away, Big Green Monster! by Ed Emberley
is a book of cut out pages that page by page reveal a monster and then make it disappear. The simple cuts and the bold colors appeal to both young children and older artists and because of this, is a delight to read to groups of children or individually.

I have used Go Away, Big Green Monster! for story hour both in the US and in Costa Rica with children as young as 3 and as old as 8th grade with marvelous responses. There are always requests to Read it...more
Danny Siordia
The book is to help not fear anything like monsters and it was crazy .I read this book with a cat and hes a lion now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Juan Avendano
I Recommend it for any parent of young children who wants to head off the 'fear of monsters' stage
I couldn't resist picking up a new copy of Go Away, Big Green Monster! because this new edition is SPARKLY! Plus, this is the kind of book that a) kids love and b) gets damaged pretty easily because there are die-cuts. It's such a clever book and though I've heard of it, I can't believe that I haven't read it before. It starts with the monster's two yellow eyes, then adds his bluish-greenish nose, then his scraggly purple hair, etc. etc. Then you yell, "Go away, ___" to all of his facial feature...more
Jul 04, 2012 Kerry rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: teachers and parents
If I had to compile a list of great read aloud books, 'Go Away, Big Green Monster!' would easily make the cut. Fun, interactive and engaging, this book is a must read with any young child. As a kindergarten teacher, it was always a go-to and the preschool students I read to frequently request this read every time I see them. Quick tip: don't be afraid to let the kids scream and shout, it only makes the book more fun!!
Oct 29, 2013 June rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents and young children
One of my favorite books for story time. I use it every year for my Monster program. 1/08

Used this for my Halloween Story Time. I need to see if we can purchase another copy the one I got was a bit beat up. 10/31/12

Requested and read this year in Story Time.
Kevin Salazar
To me, this book is about a reader that is a kid that has a fear of monsters, a big green monster. I feel that this relates to kids really well because many kids growing up have fears that are all in their head. Most of those fears are either fear of the dark or fear of monsters that are in closets or under their beds. For kids, this book can present them the confidence to not be scared of the dark or of monsters under their bed or in their closets. I would read this book to kindergarten kids or...more
My 4 year old daughter has had me read this to her about a ga-zillion times. She absolutely loves it. And I've gotta say.... it's pretty cute ;)
Danielle Boles
Go Away, Big Green Monster! is a cute flip book that builds up a monster face and then takes each scary feature of the monster away one at a time. I think this is a really cute idea for kids, and also happened to be a favorite of mine growing up. When I was younger and scared of the dark and my mom used to read this to me to make sure I knew that monsters weren't real--they were my imagination. Because they were my imagination, I could make the monster go away. This is a great lesson for childre...more
This is a picture book intended for nursery aged children. It has won the Parents Choice Gold award. In this book part by part the big green monster appears and then part by part the big green monster disappears and is told to not come back. I believe this book deserves four stars because it is an attention grabbing picture book, especially the illustrations of the monster. The illustrations of the monster make him appear silly, they include bright contrasting colors demanding attention. The la...more
Kathryn (Nine Pages)
Aug 24, 2012 Kathryn (Nine Pages) rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Kathryn (Nine Pages) by: Intro to Children's Literature class
This cleverly constructed book is a demonstration of imagination and therefore intrigues the part of me that studied psychology and is fascinated by how our brains work. It builds a literal image of the monster as it describes each of his features, much the way the mind would create an image piece by piece if given a list of details, then the book takes away the monster feature by feature, much as one might suggest that a child who is afraid of the monster do, actually destroying it. By breaking...more
Amy Musser
The Big Green Monster has two yellow eyes, a long bluish-greenish nose, and two little squiggly ears. As you turn the pages of this book the die-cut paper gradually brings the big green monster to life. But don’t worry, the Big Green Monster doesn’t scare you because you can turn the pages and watch as the monster disappears feature by feature, “Go away, Big Green Monster!”

Emberley uses simple and colorful shapes and die-cuts set to create the kind of scary, kind of silly Big Green Monster. The...more
Mary Hohman
Go Away Big Green Monster is a picture book written by Ed Emberley. The intended ages of this book are N birth through five years of age. This book is about taking apart monsters features with each turn of the page, until the last page where there is no monster at all. The design of the book is cut out pages that overlap each other to create a monster. The storyline for this book is to show children that something may look like a monster until you take it apart. I rated this book a five because...more
My Preschool students love this book! Whenever I finish reading it to them, they always ask me to read it one more time. And I always agree, because there's no way I'm not going to reward an interest in books!

I make sure to reiterate the pages when the monster starts "going away" body part by body part -e.g, "No eyes!"- because my students are learning English as their second language, and the kids always have fun miming the pages. For example, when I gasp and tell them the monster has no ears,...more
Aczel Barron
This book was way to good. I thought that it was amazing, but i think you should make it shorter . the most interesting part was when his eyes were yellow. I like his hair it was really cool. I like it The crazy part was when he started to disappear it WAS CRAZY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This book had me in suspence the whole time.
Their are a lot of design elements in a picture-book, we need to take in consideration for example the space in the images also the lines, shapes and color the artist has chosen. I think the illustrator from Go Away, Big Green MONSTER had a lot of fun with this book i really liked how the story is written on only one side of the pages and it has a sequence for showing each of the facial elements the book is talking about, also at the end the cut out shapes and colors start to go away as the chil...more
David Roman
To me, this book is about a reader that is a kid that has a fear of monsters, a big green monster. I feel that this relates to kids really well because many kids growing up have fears that are all in their head. Most of those fears are either fear of the dark or fear of monsters that are in closets or under their beds. For kids, this book can present them the confidence to not be scared of the dark or of monsters under their bed or in their closets.
This book is good for early readers. It has no more than ten words per page. The phrase "GO AWAY..." is repeated throughout the book, so children who may be struggling readers can have a fun way to be included in the book. I did a read aloud lesson for my life skills block at an elementary school last semester. The kids really enjoyed this interactice book. It begins by the big green monster being built. On each page a new part to his face is added. The entire book is a cut out. Once the monster...more
Kasey O'brien
I have NO idea what makes my preschoolers love this book so much, but holy moly do they flip out over the Big Green Monster. I've started using it as a bribe on rough days, it's that good.(: With each turn of the page, a new feature is added to the green monsters face, and when he's totally appeared, the kids all get to shout "YOU DON'T SCARE ME!", and then vanquish each feature one by one. At the end of the book, we all tell the monster not to come back until we say so, and hen of course all th...more
This is a great book to empower your little one if they are dealing with a fear of monsters. With cutout pages, a big green monster grows page by page until readers can see the whole face at the midpoint of the book. Then the cutouts allow the monster to disappear page by page, while the parent and/or child instructs him to "go away, sharp white teeth!" and "go away, two big yellow eyes!" Seeing each body part disappear after he told them to made my three year old grow in confidence (I could tel...more
Chris Campos
It's a great book the coloring on it is perfect for the book. While reading it and flipping pages a face begins to appear and it appears to be the "Green Monster". Kids love monsters and this book would be an interesting and good book for them. I'd definitely recommend it for people to read it with their children or read it as a class.
It is a very good book.It's about a boy that's see a green monster.The little boy that's see a big green monster with two yellow eyes along greenish nose,big red mouth with white teeth and a little ears with purple hair.A big scary green face.The little boy said you non't scare me so go away and never came back until I say so.
Liliana Piedra
The book, Go Away Big Green Monster written by Ed Emberly, is a great book for small children. The monster starts out by slowly appearing and revealing it's "scary" features and then slowly disappears until he's gone. The book has silly faces that are cut out page by page and is great for kids to interact with the story.
Diana Judd
Go Away,Big Green Monster! is all about empowering children and telling them that they are in control and don't have to give in to their fears. For a lot of kids that are afraid of monsters in the closets or under their bed, I think this is a useful tool for reminding them that they can make those scary monsters go away if they don't want them to. I think this is a really fun book because as the narrator describes this monster, the monster starts being built on the pages through cutouts and colo...more
This was recommended in A Family of Readers in the scary book essay. When I saw it at the library, I brought it home based on that recommendation, and the sparkles on the cover helped, too. I really liked two things about this book. First, I liked how the cut outs are designed to make the monster appear and disappear. Second, I like the control the reader (or listener) has over the monster, even though it is scary. I agree with the essay I read that discussed how this makes this book scary, but...more
Sarah Sammis
For me, Ed Emberley's name conjures up happy memories of learning how to draw at my grandmother's kitchen table. For my son, the name brings up visions of colorful monsters. Recently he told me that his favorite Ed Emberley book is Go Away, Big Green Monster!

The book takes Emberley's geometric approach to drawing to build a story of a monster being scared away. Piece by piece (with the shapes cut out from the paper and the color building from the pages beneath) the monster appears and then disap...more
Judith Barrientos
My 3-year old LOVES this book and so do I! My college-aged niece recommended it after working a few years in a preschool. The students at her school LOVED IT and I can see why.

Go Away, Big Green Monster! is a book made of cutout pages where a big, green monster appears and then slowly disappears. She loves screaming the monster parts away "GO AWAY BIG RED MOUTH!"

I also love how easy it is to get rid if a monster and it helps in showing that monsters who come to mind can just as easily leave. Hel...more
Brandon Menjivar
This book is very interesting, I like the way there setting is well placed and how they knew were exactly to put the periods and stuff that's it nothing special like always its sometimes hard to read but I mean boring but yea u guys will like them I think.
Rebecca Saxon
A fun book which provides a way of coping with fear of monsters. I don't know if I'd do it for storytime since it can introduce the idea of a scary monster to kids who aren't afraid. Great for a kid who is afraid of something.
Jillian Campbell
I gave this book five stars because it was one of my favorite books as a child. I enjoy how this book shows the readers how to slowly get rid of their fears piece by piece and that things aren't as scary as we think that they are. I enjoy the bright colors and the simplicity of the words that go with it.
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