Go Away, Big Green Monster!

ISBN: 0316236535
ISBN 13: 9780316236539
By: Ed Emberley

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About this book

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 and sparkling foil on the cover.

Reader's Thoughts

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.

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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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 is built then the kids would say "GO AWAY green nose!" and that part of the monster would disapear when I turned the page. This proceeded until the monster was gone. I also made a felt board for this lesson. After the book was read each of my students built their monster. This was a good comprehension practice because they had to add the parts of the monster in the same order that the author did. It was a fun interactive lesson.

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 first grade students. Mainyl because this book does have a feel that it is for the youngest kids possible that can still understand the concept of stories. It is short enough where the kids can stay and pay attention through the whole thing.


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.


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 child wants them to go away. this was the first time i read this book and i really enjoyed it, especially the picture side of it. I really liked how it had the dark back ground i think it reminds me of the dark dorm i use to sleep in when i was afraid of a big monster. I also enjoyed the Bright colors that contrast with the back ground. The cut out shapes gives a little feeling that the monster is getting either closer or bigger. Over all i really enjoyed this book.

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. Helps with scary moments at night.The book also uses great adjectives and helps in building vocabulary "GO AWAY TWO LITTLE SQUIGGLY EARS." And goes beyond your basic 6 colors that can be elaborate on (bluish-greenish nose).I highly recommend this book.

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 first half of the book has illustrations set against a glossy black background, while the second uses a variety of bright colors to highlight each vanishing element. The text is very short and descriptive, just a few words per page. The colors and body parts introduced in the first half of the book are repeated in the second half as the reader is encouraged to shout, “Go away!” to each feature.Full Review at Picture-Book-a-Day: http://picturebookaday.blogspot.com/2...


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".

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 children and an easy read considering there are only a few words, but other than that it explains how children can be imaginative and control even the scariest of monsters.


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 tell by the more commanding voice he used as the book went on. Downright bossy by the end!).I'd highly recommend this to anyone dealing with monster phobia. It gives a great prescription for the reader to practice in their own room, so parents and children can talk together about how they might make a monster go away if they came across one.

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.

Rosa Cline

This is a very talented way to write this story! It starts with talking about the monster and as you turn the pages the monster changes a bit but in the end ends up not being scary at all... My 21 mth granddaughter LOVED this book as we read it and turned the pages. She even helped turn the pages wondering what was next.

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.

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.

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