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Go Away, Big Green Monster!

4.19 of 5 stars 4.19  ·  rating details  ·  12,033 ratings  ·  342 reviews
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
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Katy
This one is a great retelling exercise, especially if it's adapted into a flannelboard. The 4 year olds basically aced the reverse order without much prompting. The younger ones loved shouting "go away!"

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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Gavin
Jul 23, 2015 Gavin rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: kids
Simple, but fun, picture book where each page makes something disappear and turn into something else.
Laurie
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Jessica
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
Kerry
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!!
Valissa
I read the digital version of Go Away, Big Green Monster! that I downloaded on iTunes. The version of the story that I downloaded is read by Ed Emberly, the author. The format of the digital book is very simple in design, yet eye-catching with vibrant colors. Every page has clear, easy to read text on the bottom of the page and completely aligns with the image that appears. To turn the page, there is an arrow on the bottom right to go forward, so that you can turn the page when you’re ready and ...more
June
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
Caitlin Labenz
In the children’s story Go Away, Big Green Monster, it starts out with this big scary monster. As the book goes on the narrator says for different types of the Monsters facial body parts to go away. Once the Monster’s face is completely gone then the narrator isn’t scared anymore.
I loved the simplicity of this story. When I read the story I felt as if I was a child telling that scary Monster in my closet to go away. I believe that the author really captured the innocence of the child and if I w
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Lindsi Porter
This book is about a monster and its different characteristics. As you go through the book you tell the different parts of the monster to “go away” until there’s nothing left. This book is a fun one to read and look at as the parts of the monster, one by one, disappear. The book also provides some fun adjectives to describe the parts of the monster, like “squiggly ears” or scraggly purple hair”. There is also a color associated with each part of the monster, which could help young children ident ...more
Callie Rose Tyler
This book would be great for a group storytime or bedtime story. This book teaches children colors as well as sequence. Very simple but young children will love this.
Tina
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 ;)
Morgan Groth
Literary Elements: the plot is the monster coming together, than being taken apart as you flip through more pages; for the style, words like "big" and colors are used to describe the monster; and the moral is to not be scared. This book leans more towards students in kindergarten to third grade. The illustrations are in the cut outs of the pages, working with the color of the paper. I could relate to this book with things I am scared of and the students could do the same. It could help them over ...more
Andd Becker
Children love to read this interactive book.
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
Toneeshia
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)
Jul 14, 2014 Kathryn (Nine Pages) rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Kathryn (Nine Pages) by: Intro to Children's Literature; Michelle Abate
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
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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
Lindsi
This book is about a monster and its different characteristics. As you go through the book you tell the different parts of the monster to “go away” until there’s nothing left. This book is a fun one to read and look at as the parts of the monster, one by one, disappear. The book also provides some fun adjectives to describe the parts of the monster, like “squiggly ears” or scraggly purple hair”. There is also a color associated with each part of the monster, which could help young children ident ...more
Nabila Anwar
Actually I don't believe a monster. Especially the green one. So I think there's no necessary for me and my girls to make them go away.
But of course it's still a nice book to read. Go Away Big Green Monster! is a preschool age story that claimed to helps children to not be afraid of monsters.

Colors so atractive and I think children would like how the monster apearred and then plop-a-plup, it go away.
Yes, it's a nice cut up book and lovely story to read aloud.

Nice work, Ed
Ben Clark
I read the interactive (iPad) version of this book. I found it to be fun and enjoyable, and my daughter liked it as well. The eBook does not offer too many interactive features, but the text is clear and easily visible, and the accompanying audio narration moves at a pace appropriate for young children. Also, each page of the book is accompanied by animations (the monster moving his eyes, baring his teeth) that enhance the words on the page and augment the child's interest.
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.
Patricia
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
Sarah
Apr 06, 2015 Sarah added it
Shelves: participation
Publication Date: first published in 1992

Annotation: A scary monster is revealed page by page, but disappears when he is told he is not scary.

Themes: Confronting and Resolving Fears, Ghosts, Monsters, Vampires, Witches, Bedtime, Sleep, Dreams


Ways to Use: Students could read the story and discuss things that scare them and why. Then they could break into small groups and create their own friendly monster using different materials available.
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.
Maryrdg3320
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
Kelly
Well, it got a giggle from my son (age 3) who thought the monster was quite silly looking but the gimmick (you know, where each page adds or takes a piece of the picture away) has been done before and it felt a bit tired to me.

Plus there isn't really much story to speak of. This is probably better as a theme book where a parent might like to read to a child who really is frightened of "monsters".
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