Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Go Away, Big Green Monster!” as Want to Read:
Go Away, Big Green Monster!
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Go Away, Big Green Monster!

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  16,957 ratings  ·  539 reviews

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 Gre
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published 2005 by Little, Brown and Company (first published 1992)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Go Away, Big Green Monster!, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Go Away, Big Green Monster!

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.23  · 
Rating details
 ·  16,957 ratings  ·  539 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Go Away, Big Green Monster!
Amy Bruestle
I first read this when i was in daycare as a kid, and i recently found it at a little free library! I was so excited to bring it home and read it to my little girl, she loved it!
Mariah Roze
Oct 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Love the idea of this book and the pattern it follows :)
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Had to change the rating to 5 stars. Since this is the 3rd night in a row my son insisted on me reading it to him I figured he must love it.
Noelle Jensen, Age 6
Jan 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Read it again! That was a very short book, so we can read it again. Read it again.
Nov 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Readers Looking for Children's Books That Address Fear of Monsters in a Creative Way
Originally published in 1992, and then republished in this revised edition in 2005, author/illustrator Ed Emberley's Go Away, Big Green Monster is a classic reassurance tale for young toddlers. Describing the various features of the eponymous green monster, from his big yellow eyes to his red mouth with its sharp white teeth, the text is paired with vividly colorful artwork, created using bright hues in simple shapes, on a deep black page. There are die-cuts, that allow the monster's face to slo ...more
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
Jun 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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!! ...more
Sep 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This may be the perfect children's book. It takes something they're afraid of—and extremely interested in—and gives them power over it. Plus it teaches colors, and it is repetitive enough for a beginning reader to pick up on it quickly.

I wish I had this book when I was five.
A really clever use of die-cuts that also adapts spectacularly as a flannel board. Use for dealing with fear: dismantle your fear layer by layer, see that it's not that bad, and remember, "don't come back -- until I say so!" ...more
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: preschool-lit
Wonderfully written with interactive illustrations for 1-2 year olds; older children may find it too childish.
Feb 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Go away big green monster is a children picture book that delivers a good massage for little kids to chase away their nighttime fears. The book is die-cut book where the kids could turn the pages to watch how the big green monster grows. For example, the author starts with eyes on the first page then the eyes plus a long blue nose; and so on, until the face of the monster is fully complete. After that, the remaining pages of the story is about the scary features of the monster starting to disapp ...more
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kid-lit
This is an adorable but scary book. The book has cut outs that create details of a monsters face that the child sees. The pages are black and each page adds a specific colorful detail like yellow eyes, bluish-green nose, red mouth, white teeth and green face, squiggly ears, purple hair. The book tells children not to be afraid of monsters and to use their words to communicate. In the book the child tells the monster "you don't scare me," and "Go away"and "Don't come back."I think children will e ...more
Taneika Miliam
Teach- to -Self Connection and Text- to -Teaching

I enjoyed reading this book. This book reminds me of my children being afraid to go , or even wake up from having a bad dream . I could also read this book in my classroom because there are several students that has confirmed that they are afraid of monsters. I would come up with strategies to help the students conquer their fear of monsters. I would use construction paper cut into different shapes for the children to create their own monster. I w
Jan 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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. 10/29/13

Used as last book in Preschool Story Time
Jul 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
One of my favorite books to read to my 2 year olds! This was a book you could keep reading over and over and still love! It helped me teach my class how to get rid of the scary monsters they'd see. It also assisted in getting some of my more non vocal kids talking. ^_^ ...more
Oct 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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!"

Oct 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: little kids and kids at heart no matter the age!
I have that book in the "always dependable for absorbed listeners" pile of my mental rating of picture books. ...more
Nov 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011, my-babes
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 ;) ...more
Callie *Fights Censorship*
Jul 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
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.
Andd Becker
Aug 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Children love to read this interactive book.
Jeridel Banks
Oct 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
Here's a book reminiscent of Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar! ...more
Danny Siordia
Jul 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jul 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids
Simple, but fun, picture book where each page makes something disappear and turn into something else.
Kristina Jean Lareau
Just perfection as an interactive story time read aloud that adhere's to Molly Bang's concepts of picturebook art perfectly. ...more
Oct 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Ameryn by: Pine River Library
Shelves: kids
Lucas loved this (3 years).
Kristen Dutkiewicz
Mar 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
Fun, interactive idea for a children's book so our little ones can chase away the big scary monsters! ...more
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Storytimes about colors, Halloween, monsters, conquering our fears.
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: iris
This isn't quite as clever as Tickle Monster, but the big bright visuals and the short text make this an excellent read-aloud (an Iris favorite AND great for storytimes). ...more
Nicole Gray
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kid-lit
Very cute interactive book! Each page has dye cuts that show another part of the monster. Kids watch the monster grow and then tells the monster to go away and not to come back until they say so.
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a fun read! It would be a great read-aloud or story time book. Very eye-catching as well.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything
  • Duck on a Bike
  • The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear
  • Bear Snores On
  • Sheep in a Jeep
  • Dog's Colorful Day: A Messy Story About Colors and Counting
  • Mouse Paint
  • There's a Nightmare in My Closet
  • Bark, George
  • The Grouchy Ladybug
  • Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed
  • The Napping House
  • How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night?
  • From Head to Toe
  • It Looked Like Spilt Milk
  • Big Pumpkin
  • Planting a Rainbow
  • Duck! Rabbit!
See similar books…
American artist and illustrator, best known for children's picture books. ...more

News & Interviews

Need another excuse to treat yourself to a new book this week? We've got you covered with the buzziest new releases of the day. To create our...
39 likes · 11 comments