Go Away, Big Green Monster!
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Go Away, Big Green Monster! is an interactive adaptation of Ed Emberley's classic children's book of the same name. In the book, the scary features of a monster are layered on one by one (eyes, nose, mouth, hair, etc.) and then, to extinguish the monster's fearsomeness, those same features are all taken away one by one. The app goes a bit further by showing the complete monster again at the end and revealing him to be more silly than frightening.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- perspective taking
Engagement, Approach, Support
The simple, colorful style of Ed Emberley's art shines in this app. Young preschoolers also should be able to maneuver easily.
Just like the book the app is based upon, Go Away, Big Green Monster! deconstructs a monster, piece by piece, making him not so scary after all. Hearing the words read aloud by the author as kids see the words on the screen will build their prereading literacy. Toddlers also could learn to identify some body parts (eyes, nose, mouth, ears, and hair).
There's a developer website where users can find a FAQ and a support form they can fill out if they have questions.
What's it about?
GO AWAY, BIG GREEN MONSTER!, the app, is an interactive form of the popular children's book by Ed Emberley. A monster appears, bit by bit, on each page -- first the eyes, then the nose, and so on. But when the narrator tells the monster to go away, he does, bit by bit. The author narrates the book as the words appear at the bottom of each page. Kids can interact with the monster's facial features on the screen.
Is it any good?
Go Away, Big Green Monster! is a pretty straightforward adaptation of the classic picture book. With this electronic version, you lose some of the magic that lay in the way the cutouts in the paper revealed more and more of the monster with each turn of a page. But what you do get here is a cute added ending scene and the ability to hear the story narrated by either a young boy or author Ed Emberley himself.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about scary stuff -- talk to your young kids about their fears. Understanding how things work or what they really are can often alleviate fears.
Give kids construction paper cut into shapes (one big circle, two to four smaller circles, an oval, several triangles, and a few squiggly lines) and have them make, and then take apart, their own monster.