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The Monster at the End of this Book

(Big Little Golden Books)

4.45  ·  Rating details ·  123,213 ratings  ·  3,180 reviews
"On the first page, what did that say? Did that say there will be a Monster at the end of the book???"

Read along as Grover begs you not to turn the page—because there is a monster at this end of this book!

Lovable, furry old Grover is distressed to learn that there's a monster at the end of this book! He begs readers not to turn the pages, but of course kids feel they j
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 11th 2004 by Golden Books (first published 1971)
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Jun 06, 2007 rated it did not like it
Shelves: children
I had a very love/hate relationship with The Muppets in my early youth. I really, really liked watching "The Muppet Show" and "Sesame Street". They were two of my favorite shows, and I still hold both in high regard. However, every now and then and completely out of nowhere, a Muppet would do something that genuinely terrified me. For example, I really hated that old "Sesame" sketch when a couple of mild-mannered puppets would calmly take turns whispering words that rhymed to a gently jazzy beat ...more
Nov 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
This was one of my all-time favorite books when I was a kid. In the story, Grover begs the reader to stop turning pages because each page brings us closer to a monster at the end of the book, and Grover is afraid of monsters. He tries to nail the pages shut, he tries to tie the pages down, he even builds a brick wall. But somehow the reader always turns the page.

My mother used to read this book to me, and she was great at doing funny voices. I remember laughing so hard as she acted out Grover b
Jul 06, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gave me goose bumps.

A true page turner till the end.
This book was a childhood favorite of mine, and I suspect that my love of metafiction stems from this book. However, as an adult I find this book to be slightly sadistic. Grover BEGS you to not turn the page in order to keep from reaching the monster that will be found on the final page ((view spoiler)), building brick walls and such to thwart your progress. However, the fun is laughing at Grover as you ignore his ple ...more
Dec 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
"I . . . am the monster"
Grover Monster

This is probably one of the most profound statements in literary history to date. Today, there are hundreds of books, films and television shows which address man's incapacity to negotiate his own darkness. In many variations of the tale, we see the darkness within projected outward, cast onto another real or imagined character. Stephen King's Secret Window, even the latest season of Dexter reacquaints us with this age-old phenomenon, but never have they
Mar 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children, holy-shit

‘Oh great,’ you’re thinking, ‘another witty endeavor where a Goodreader reflects back on a childhood favorite. Oh joy.'

Well, suck it up and deal.

A-hem… While rifling through the book section at my local Goodwill; I came across this little gem. Copyright 1980, Little Golden Books® edition complete with all our favorite characters outlining the back cover… The Tawny Scrawny Lion, Tootle, The Poky Little Puppy… that famous gold-foil binding (seriously, it says so… right on the back!) A little girl
May 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
Top 8 Most Shocking Twists In Literature

8. Wasp Factory by Iain Banks
7. We Have Always Lived In The Castle by Shirley jackson
6. The Castle by Kafka (Twist ending: the guy dies! No, not that guy. Kafka. Like mid-sentence.)
5. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
4. Money: A Suicide Note by Martin Amis
3. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (Reader, you what? Why?)
2. Borges, especially most of The Aleph
1. The monster at the end of this book

A metafictional analysis of the crushing dichotomy betwee
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
Little Golden Books were everywhere when my children were little. Now, forty years on, they are like hens' teeth. This, I ended up ordering online along with Grover's Own Alphabet for my grandson's Christmas parcel. However, I didn't hide everything as cleverly as I thought I had, and he stumbled upon my secret stash. I let him keep this out...

He wasn't too sure about the monster on the first reading. He laughed uproariously at Grover tying and nailing the pages together, then building a brick w
Sophia Triad
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
If you want to see your little ones not being able to stop giggling every time you dare to turn a page; then you need to get this book.

Besides the beautiful words by Jon Stone, there are also these beautiful illustrations by Michael Smollin.
I have to say that if a book is good, it doesn't really matter when it was published. It can be popular and successful for ever.

This is our new favourite book.
Steven Stark
Jan 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
This book starts out great! I love Grover.

The problem is that Grover asks you to not turn any more pages, because of his belief that there is a monster at the end of the book. I decided to honor Grover's wish.

Oh, I turned a few pages. But when Grover took the time to tie all the pages together to discourage me from turning any more, well, I just didn't have the heart to go on. The little guy was really scared.

But I can't help but think.....are all monsters necessarily bad? You know it's funny -
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I bought this for my grandbaby, in the interest of getting him away from electronics and into real books.

We read it 4 times in the first sitting. Even then I had to cut him off so he could go home and get to bed....

Oct 09, 2007 rated it it was amazing
We are the monster we fear.

We are also the monster that induces fear in others, sometimes by an act as simple as turning a page.

The reader is the author of meaning.

Simply existing and acting causes ripples in the realities of others which we are incapable of comprehending.

When you pick up a stone, the earth is lighter.

When you turn the page, you are one moment closer to your own death.

Not turning the page will not make the monster at the end of this book dissapear either, he will never go away
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a book that I read hundreds of times to my kids. It is so much fun! But, as a Gran, what I really love is hearing my daughter read it to her little boy with the same voices and inflections I used when I read it to her. Generations of readers!😊
I do an ass kicking impersonation of Grover. Just ask my kids.

Actually, I can do any of the Muppets voiced by Frank Oz -- Miss Piggy, Fozzie, Sam the Eagle, Cookie Monster, Bert, even Yoda (which is my son's fave), but Grover is my best.

So when I was looking for a book for my little Scoutie a couple of months ago, something that I could hide away and save for just her and me, and I stumbled upon a little board book version of this Little Golden Book classic, I had to have it.

I'd forgotten all
Apr 25, 2009 rated it liked it
The creativity of author Jon Stone (director of the Sesame Street television series from its 1969 inception all the way to 1994) is remarkable, and Michael J. Smollin's illustrations are a perfect fit. This is one of the earliest picture books I remember loving. The Monster at the End of This Book has, in essence, been part of my life since the beginning, a wise and entertaining story I cherish always. ...more
Tiffany PSquared
Apr 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is the reason why Grover was and is my favorite muppet of all time!

(4/23/09) I saw a quote from this book on my friend Misha's profile last night and a flood of good feelings came rushing over me. While I don't remember the specifics of the story (other than the surprise ending!), I do remember reading it a hundred thousand times. I remember the golden spine, a different texture than the rest of the hard cover. I remember, that maybe, years later, the dog chewed the corner. And I remember loving this book a lot.

Funny, as I think about it now, I wonder why I've
Oh, how I loved this book! My kids weren't terribly impressed, perhaps because they had been exposed to more meta fictions, including the work of David Wiesner. Besides, when I was a kid, Sesame Street was it for educational programming, whereas they had entire channels devoted to them.

still love this book. I'm not sure I even realized that Grover was supposed to be a monster, until I read this.


Recently I've had a hankering for Grover, today I located my copy. And the younger of the Offsprin
Luisa Knight
I can't begin to express just how much of a favorite this was in my childhood!

My mom would do her best Grover voice and would mock struggle with each page turn (just as it should be read) and my sister and I would giggle and laugh so much, throwing in our muscle to try and help with turning the pages.

Struggling to turn a page, you say? Well, I guess you'll just have to read it.

Ages: 3 -7

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Jim Thomsen
Jan 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime-noir
A relatable, sympathetic, less-than-reliable central character. A high-stakes battle with psychological or even physical death set out from the very first page. Lots of emotionally compelling twists and reversals. An incremental sense of creeping dread. And finally, a shocking reveal. THE MONSTER AT THE END OF THIS BOOK is, in barely a few hundred words, a pitch-perfect guide to writing watertight suspense, and should be used in workshops, seminars and even MFA workshops as a way to remind write ...more
Gio Listmaker
Feb 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites

This Book Is One Of The Few Hardcovers I Have In My Tiny House (Airstream)

It Has Sentimental Value As It Belonged To My Nephew

His Father My Brother Read It To Him As A Child

I Happened To Be There When My Brother Read It For The First Time

He Was Laughing So Hard He Almost Couldn't Keep Going

My Brother Was A Very Serious Introvert

He Passed Away In 1999

I Keep This Copy To Remind Me Of His Laugh

Jan 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
You haven't really read this until you've read it over thirty times in three days to a six year old with severely violent tendencies due to autism. ...more
Shirley Revill
A firm favourite on my bookshelf. Loved by children both big and small. Recommended.
Marie Antoinette
May 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What can i say? Classics never die! It's time to be a kid again.

The first time i read this book i was 8 years old, it was a birthday present from my parents, i was so happy because i loved Sesame Street, Who doesn't love S.S when they are kids right?

The most amazing thing about this book is that Grover is trying to stop us from reaching the end of the book, where he knows there is a monster and when we are kids we love to be scared because deep down, we know we are in no real danger.

So we tur
Jan 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids
This is my youngest daughter’s “most favoritest book” and to be honest, it is a joy to read it with her… every night… until she finds another favoritest book.
Scott Rhee
Jul 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
I am impatiently anticipating the exciting moment when I can read this book aloud to my daughter. One of my favorites of the many Golden Books that I cherished as a kid, "The Monster at the End of this Book" by Jon Stone is a perfect, fun little story that taught me the joys of suspense and patience, as my mother used to gleefully take her time turning the pages, while I wiggled with joyous excitement until the last page which, of course (***spoiler alert!***), revealed that the monster was none ...more
Jon Nakapalau
Sep 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was a shocking ending the first time I read it! Special place on my list of books that helped me learn to read.
Nov 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This book is perfect for your 2-4 year old. It gives your child permission to disobey important instructions from cute, loveable Grover (who could whoop Elmo in a Sesame street fight).

The book grabs your attention from the very first line, with Grover teasing your child's curiosity about a potential monster at the end of the book, all the while begging your child NOT to turn the page. And yet we encourage the child to do it anyway.

This "cute-for-now" moment will be stored in your child's memor
Nov 17, 2007 rated it it was amazing
This is absolutely my favorite book of all time. I really can't remember when I first read it so I just guessed. I have always loved Grover as long as I can remember. It is such a clever and fun book, and while it does kind of play on kids' little rebellious streaks (turning the pages when Grover is trying everything in his power to get the reader not to), it also incites kids to keep reading all the way to the end, to finish what you start, to foster a healthy sense of curiosity, and even to no ...more
Meg Sherman
Jan 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
LOVE IT! Another great kid's book. I can't even BEG my son into putting it down. If you need a hilarious book that will get your 3- to 7-year-old more interested in reading, Grover's got it made-to-order, as usual. You can find this book online for just a few bucks, and it might be the one that opens up the world for your little one. I still maintain that any kid who doesn't love to read just hasn't met the right book yet.

(Man, I miss those skits of Grover as a waiter... They always made MY life
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Stone graduated from Williams College in 1952. He received a master's degree from the Yale University School of Drama in 1955, at which time he joined a CBS training program. Before helping to create Sesame Street, he worked on the popular children's television show Captain Kangaroo for CBS. He also worked on several other Muppet projects before and during his time on Sesame Street, and was the au ...more

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