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


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 ;)

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.


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.

Kathryn (Nine Pages)

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 the monster into smaller parts with a name other than "monster" (ears, nose, hair), the book further derails the child's fear. In that too it is a clever and much-needed book that I am likely to buy for any child of mine who does fear monsters under the bed or in the closet. I was more thrilled by the concept when it was first introduced to me in 2009 as part of an Intro to Children's Literature class. I might have been riding on the excitement of the professor, who read this book aloud to the class, or maybe much of the thrill came from the novelty of the book's cleverness. This latest time when I read it in 2012, I knew what I was about to read, and was less excited by the book as a whole.

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.


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 features until there's nothing left. It's perfect on so many levels--teaching colors, teaching parts of the face, AND teaching kids that you can tell your fears to go away. I made my new copy a reference book for our volunteer reader right away.There's a really easy looking template for a Go Away, Big Green Monster! flannel story that I'm itching to make. Could be a great for a Halloween/monster themed storytime. This could also be a fairly easy craft--just cut out all the pieces and have the kids glue them together.Ages 3-6

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.


One of my favorite books for story time. I use it every year for my Monster program. 1/08Used 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. 10/31/12Requested and read this year in Story Time.

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 children love this book, they want to read it over and over again. This book has simple illustration and texts that are easy to follow along and memorize. The color scheme pops in this story, also the cut out pages are interesting too. This book is great to read along with a flannel board and pieces to overlap to make the monster and take it apart. You could also make a craft with the children to make their own little monsters out of different cut outs of shapes and colors. I would form a discussion of things that the children may be scared of and why they scare them, and offer good reasoning to not be scared.

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.

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 again!For ideas and activities to accompany Go Away, Big Green Monster! check out my Go Away Big Green Monster Unit Study.

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...

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.

Victor Marquez

This book has good pictures and they are colorful.it is about a big green monster who doesnt want to go away . They do everything to try to get hi to leave.

Brandon Menjivar

This book is very interesting, I like the way there setting is well placed and how they knew were exactly to put the periods and stuff that's it nothing special like always its sometimes hard to read but I mean boring but yea u guys will like them I think.

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