This is one sequel that is as fun as the original. The Monster at the End of This Book is a childhood classic, originally published in 1971. This title came out in 2000 in print, telling a similar story. This time we have not only Grover, but now Elmo too, speaking directly to the reader about 'the monster' at the end of this book. Elmo is excited to get to the end, but Grover is still wary (he's forgotten his embarassment from the earlier title, apparently).
This is a stunning title for animations and engagement of the reader in the story. The story literally won't move forward without the child tapping to destroy the barriers Grover puts up trying to prevent the turning of each page. The narration is all dialogue from the two charcters and is delightful with the authentic Sesame Street voices. The title page is also personalizable with a child's name.
As a digital title, this app is solidly made with a nice page guide, simple arrow-style page turning and text that highlights as read. If the reader doesn't remove the barriers on each page too quickly, additional dialogue is triggered anytime the reader leaves the page alone for more than a few seconds. The font is stylized for a really fun effect, although learner readers may have some difficulty making out all the letters.
Overall, this is a great read for kids and even a treat for older readers. The only thing on my wishlist for this app would be a way to read the book without narration, although with dialogue by Elmo & Grover themselves, not many kids will complain. If you liked A Monster at the End of This Book, you'll love this sequel, too. Highly recommended for Sesame Street fans.
All reviews are of the app, not the platform/device. Based originally on iPad versions. Minor technical details may vary.
Jon Stone/Michael Smollin
Sesame Workshop Apps
8 - 10 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: Yes
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 2 - 8
Grover and Elmo star in this book, speaking directly to the reader. All storytelling takes place in dialogue from the two main characters as they discuss the merits of getting to the end 'of this book' when it says there is a monster waiting.
Like the first title, The monster at the end of this book, this story is based on the idea that the two characters, monsters themselves, are the only 'mosters' at the end of the story.
But Grover is convinced it is a 'real' moster and is very scared. Elmo is eager to get to the end, however. After dissolving many barriers including paper clips, blocks & glue, the two furry monsters discover that the only thing scary at the end of this book is them!