Go Away, Big Green Monster!

App review by
Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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Classic book gains cute new scene, narration by Emberley.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn to conquer their fear of "scary monsters" and improve their reading and listening skills. The app is pretty basic, but reading to kids is essential to literacy. The interactive book offers minimal content -- comparable to a pop-up or touch-and-feel book -- but young preschoolers who are fans of the book or monsters will enjoy the app. It's a gentle, easy-to-use way to help kids face their fears -- monster or otherwise. 

Ease of Play

The app is incredibly simple to use. Most preschoolers will be able to handle it themselves.

Violence & Scariness

No violence, but the monster does have sharp white teeth.

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What 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.

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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.

Talk to your kids 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.

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