: Caldecott Award-winning author-artist Ed Emberley has created an ingenious way for children to chase away their nighttime fears. Kids can turn the pages of this die-cut book and watch the Big Green Monster grow. Then, when they’re ready to show him who’s in charge, they’ll turn the remaining pages and watch him disappear! This lavish reissue features dramatic die-cut eyes and sparkling foil on the cover.
That said, I can tell you that both of my kids (ages 5 and 7) have enjoyed this app, to the point that even my older daughter has pulled it up during her own free screen time. We sat and played through all four modes together, and they loved poking at things and watching them move around. If you’re a fan of Big Green Monster already, it is a cool new way to experience it, and you don’t have to worry about taping the long bluish-greenish nose back together when your kid pulls at it.
Ask a parent volunteer or a co-worker to dress up like the big green monster. After reading the story, tell your students that a special visitor is coming to talk with them. Instruct the volunteer to make his voice sound gruff and silly. You might ask the volunteer to read the story to himself before he addresses your students, and advise him that the goal is to ease kids' anxieties about monsters. Invite your kindergartners to interview the monster with questions, such as "Where do you live?" What do you do for a living?" "What do you do for fun?" or "Why do you want to scare people?" At the end of the interview, have the monster shake the children's hands as a kind gesture of his friendliness.