The Monster at the End...

App review by
Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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A fun adaptation of the classic Sesame Street book.

Parents say

age 2+
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Kids say

age 2+
Based on 1 review

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Educational Value

Kids can learn emotional awareness and empathy as they listen to Grover's anxiety about the upcoming monster and his relief at finding only himself at the end of the book. Kids also can learn vocabulary as well as how to follow directions, although some directions can seem contradictory; for example, Grover instructs kids not to turn a page out of fear of "the monster" when the story is ready for kids to move along. Words are highlighted as they appear on the book's pages to help readers follow along. The Monster at the End of This Book is an excellent story-time choice to help kids learn how to face their fears.

Ease of Play

Slight movements or glowing spots hint to kids what they should do next. Grover's comments also are hints. If your child needs directions spelled out more explicitly, however, you can switch to a more instructive mode.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

This is an electronic version of a classic Sesame Street picture book. It features the famous Grover character from the children's show.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Monster at the End of This Book is an interactive rendition of a classic Sesame Street picture book from the 1970s. In the book, the adorable Muppet Grover urges children not to turn pages so they can stay as far as possible from the end of the book, where, based on the title, he assumes there will be a monster. However (spoiler alert!), it turns out that Grover himself is the monster at the end of the book. This ebook version allows kids to get very hands-on in parts, even untying ropes and knocking down brick walls.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of an infant and 4-year-old Written byThe Mom who bakes July 26, 2016


We got this e-book two years ago, and it's a sweet and playful story.
Kid, 11 years old February 5, 2012


hey, i read this book when i was three!!!!

What's it about?

Kids simply listen to Grover introduce the book's title and then tap the arrow key on the bottom right of the screen. If they don't tap, Grover will prompt them where to tap. Kids or their parents can type their first names into the "This book belongs to" page, if desired. Pages clearly show where kids swipe to turn pages, and Grover takes over from there, reading each page. Some interactive elements glow, or Grover clues kids in. A parents' page includes great information for helping kids learn about calming themselves when they're afraid.

Is it any good?

THE MONSTER AT THE END OF THIS BOOK...STARRING GROVER! feels like the ebook we've been waiting for. The original book, from way back in the '70s, was a fourth-wall-breaking experience that felt practically interactive as a regular picture book. Now that the technology exists to allow Grover to really talk to his readers and actually have his readers thwart his attempts to stop the pages from turning, recreating this classic as an iPad app feels like just the right thing -- and it's very well done. Grover's narration and the accompanying animations are hilarious, and kids get a real kick out of untying his knots, pulling down his nailed-up boards, and flicking down his hastily built brick wall. There are no bonus activities or extras, but the book is enough fun as it is. You even get to hear Grover comment on the dullness of the copyright page. There's a bit of a lag between pages, but that's really the app's only flaw.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • At the start of the book, ask kids why Grover might feel afraid and what they might say to comfort him.

  • Follow the Parents Notes tab for many suggestions on ways to help your kids tackle fears, how to tell when your children are scared, and what to say to calm them.

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