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The Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone
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Jul 06, 2007

it was amazing
Read in January, 1978

Riveting.
Gave me goose bumps.

A true page turner till the end.
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message 1: by Riv (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:29AM) (new)

Riv Have you tried moving on to the next reading level? Your reviews of preschool books are quite precocious...
(My kids like me to read this one in a Grover voice, which is hard on the vocal cords after a while...)


message 2: by Raizel (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:29AM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Raizel Either the reader can appreciate the many levels of Grover and grow with the book or they can't. It is a study in transformational learning. We are all becoming the monster at the end of our books as we develop. Accordingly, some of us sabotage our own success because of it; while others carelessly turn pages toward an uncertain future, without considering that, with every move we make toward growth, we will also mourn the constellation of details that provided the stability we enjoyed in each stage we cast into our past. In the end, the secure person adjusts to incorporate his new development and becomes comfortable with the identity he is left with as it has been created by the combination of his changing environment and how he chose to interact with it. Self-love is the result of healthy development, which Grover acheives despite his neurosis regarding change. Getting kids to laugh at this helps them embrace the unknowns in their development with less fear. For example, they can still love themselves even if they become someone who can tie their own shoelaces without Mommy.

If you want more on Transformational Learning Jack Meizerow is a prominent authority in the field. It is fluff on the first read, but it is kind of seductive when you start to fit your own life events into his schema.


message 3: by Riv (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:29AM) (new)

Riv whoa...


message 4: by K (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:30AM) (new)

K You crack me up! I especially loved the line about the page-turner...


message 5: by Raizel (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:30AM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Raizel Maybe you'd feel better knowing this wasn't spontaneous thought, I almost used it for a paper for school, just so you don't think I am always this cerebral.


message 6: by Riv (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:30AM) (new)

Riv you scared me there, but I'm glad to hear you're still good old Raizel -- miss you!!


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