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

Kasey O'brien

I have NO idea what makes my preschoolers love this book so much, but holy moly do they flip out over the Big Green Monster. I've started using it as a bribe on rough days, it's that good.(: With each turn of the page, a new feature is added to the green monsters face, and when he's totally appeared, the kids all get to shout "YOU DON'T SCARE ME!", and then vanquish each feature one by one. At the end of the book, we all tell the monster not to come back until we say so, and hen of course all the kids start saying "I say so! I say so!" So of course, we usually end up reading it twice in a row. My kiddos all know this book by heart, and request it at every circle time; the pages are starting to fall apart and I'll have to buy a new copy soon. I've honestly never seen kids freak out over a book like this, it's like cat nip for 3 year olds.


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.

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...


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

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.

Brittney Daniel

This is one of my favorites to read to my classroom during this school year. I love the way this book incorporates shapes as well as colors and the children enjoy watching a monster come out of it too.

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.


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 ;)

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.


This is a picture book intended for nursery aged children. It has won the Parents Choice Gold award. In this book part by part the big green monster appears and then part by part the big green monster disappears and is told to not come back. I believe this book deserves four stars because it is an attention grabbing picture book, especially the illustrations of the monster. The illustrations of the monster make him appear silly, they include bright contrasting colors demanding attention. The language used in the book makes it an easy read. To me the illustrations alone would appeal to children I feel this book would be put to good use in a nursery aged classroom because it would help the children cope with the fear of monsters and nightmares. It does this by telling the big green monster to not come back offering comfort to a frightened child. It can also include the children being read to by having them say “go away” to each body part disappearing. A classroom activity could be to have the students draw pictures of monsters. Then the class can discuss different ways or actions that make the monsters look silly.

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