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Go Away, Big Green Monster!




Classic book gains cute new scene, narration by Emberley.

What parents need to know

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.

Sexy stuff
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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

  • reading


Emotional Development

  • perspective taking


  • listening

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.

Learning Approach

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 kids can learn


Language & Reading

  • reading


Emotional Development

  • perspective taking


  • listening

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. 

This Learning Rating review was written by Amanda Bindel

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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.

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.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
Release date:October 17, 2011
Topics:Monsters, ghosts, and vampires
Size:9.60 MB
Publisher:Night & Day Studios, Inc.
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.2 or later, Android 2.2 and up

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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