The Monster at the End of This Book...Starring Grover!

 

Learning(i)

A fun adaptation of the classic Sesame Street book.

What parents need to know

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
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

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

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Read the Sesame Street apps' and website's general privacy policy. No personal information is necessary to use this app. Kids can enter their first names on the book title page on their own device, if desired.

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.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions
  • reading
  • storytelling
  • vocabulary

Skills

Emotional Development

  • empathy
  • identifying emotions

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

This is an engaging app, although it's not as engaging as the sequel, Another Monster at the End of This Book...Starring Grover & Elmo, in which there's humorous dialogue between Elmo and Grover and more interactivity.

Learning Approach

Emotional expression, humor, built-in vocabulary, and interactivity help kids learn throughout this story. Kids can practice reading by following along with the story's highlighted words as Grover speaks them.

Support

There's a written tutorial that shows where to tap and how to move between pages. Grover also acts as a guide. Find lots of learning ideas and extension activities under the Parents Notes tab.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions
  • reading
  • storytelling
  • vocabulary

Skills

Emotional Development

  • empathy
  • identifying emotions

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.

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$4.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:December 27, 2013
Category:Education
Size:186.00 MB
Publisher:Sesame Street
Version:4.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 5.0 or later

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  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
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Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 September 15, 2012
age 2+
 

monster end book ipad

of a lag between pages, but that's really the app's only flaw.
What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Kid, 11 years old February 5, 2012
age 2+
 

lol

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

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