Another Monster at the End of This Book...Starring Grover & Elmo!

Common Sense Media says

Great sequel keeps the spirit of the original book and app.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

There's a thorough tutorial (given by Elmo) that explains how to use the app. During the story, if kids ever get stumped as to what to do next, all they need to do is listen to the hints and cues that Elmo will start giving them.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

The app is based on a Sesame Street picture book of the same title. It features the famous Grover and Elmo characters from the children's show.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Another Monster at the End of This Book...Starring Grover & Elmo! is a sequel (in both its app and book forms) to the Sesame Street classic, The Monster at the End of This Book. In that first story, Grover begged readers not to turn pages, so as to stay away from the monster at the end -- which turned out to be him. In this follow-up, Grover goes through the same problem, but this time with Elmo taking the opposite stance and goading kids to keep turning pages.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • storytelling
  • vocabulary
  • following directions
  • reading

Skills

Emotional Development

  • empathy
  • identifying emotions

Communication

  • listening

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Lovable characters, seamless interactive elements, and a good dose of intrigue push kids to keep turning the pages. There are enough different things to try that kids will probably want to flip through at least a few times.

Learning Approach

Kids can learn vocabulary and emotional awareness as they practice following verbal directions. Referencing the emotionally charged interchanges between Elmo and Grover in off screen conversations may help kids learn empathy and conflict resolution.

Support

Grover and Elmo guide kids through the entire book with clear verbal instructions ("Turn the page, please,"), including an intro tutorial. Find lots of learning ideas and extension activities under the Parents Notes tab.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • storytelling
  • vocabulary
  • following directions
  • reading

Skills

Emotional Development

  • empathy
  • identifying emotions

Communication

  • listening

Kids can learn vocabulary, following directions, and emotional awareness with Grover and Elmo in this ingenious storybook app. Certain words are highlighted as they appear on the book's pages. By following directions, kids help Elmo turn pages that Grover has "blocked" with obstacles like glue and paper clips. Listening to emotionally charged interchanges between an excited Elmo and an anxious Grover helps kids learn empathy and identifying emotions, as well as conflict resolution as the characters negotiate a solution. It's a fun story that shows emotions kids can identify with in real life.

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

In this creative and funny book app, kids listen in as Grover and Elmo banter about whether or not to see the monster at the end of the book. Grover is afraid, while Elmo is eager. As Grover puts obstacles like paper clips and blocks up against the pages to prevent Elmo from turning them, Elmo asks kids to help him break through those obstacles and turn the pages. The end result is sweet, funny, and very Sesame Street-wise in teaching kids about understanding emotions, negotiating solutions with friends, and being brave.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

ANOTHER MONSTER AT THE END OF THIS BOOK is a very nice follow-up to a Sesame Street classic. The story is genuinely humorous and well-acted by real Muppet voices in this app. And the interactivity has been woven in seamlessly. When Grover builds a wall of blocks to stop the page from turning, for example, kids can not only knock down those blocks, they can also move them around to build whatever they want. When Grover tries to paper clip the pages together, kids can help Elmo by pulling and tossing those clips. It's a whole lot of fun.

Families can talk about...

  • Read the Parent Notes on the app's parent tab for suggestions on ways to help your kid learn with this story.

  • Before reading the book, ask kids if they'd want to see the monster at the end if they were in the book. Then ask again at the end.

  • Laugh with your child. This book is not only educational, it's funny!

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Kindle Fire
Price:$3.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:November 23, 2011
Category:Books
Size:168.00 MB
Publisher:Sesame Workshop Apps
Version:4.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 5.0 or later

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Parent Written bybrynalah February 28, 2012
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QUALITY
 

GREATEST TODDLER GAME

MY four year old loves this game she plays it all day. with my iphone. she is begging to have my iphone at this very moment.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much consumerism
Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 September 15, 2012
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LEARNING

another monster at the end of this b

can help Elmo by pulling and tossing those clips. It's a whole lot of fun.
What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Kid, 1 years old December 14, 2011
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2
QUALITY
 

Great App!

Another solid release from Callaway Digital Arts!
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

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