Ed Emberley's classic print title from 1992 is spelendidly represented in app form, making the original 'die-cut' pop-up style title as relevant for today's children as those who preferred the old school version. Each page, just like the original, takes the potentially scary 'monster' and deconstructs each element, giving children the delightful experience of conquering their night-time fears.
First appear the eyes, then nose and teeth, breaking down the elements of children's fears about monsters in a fun and colorful way. A whole new digital generation can now confidently say, "Go Away, Big Green Monster!" Features include the ability to have the story narrated by Ed Emberley himself, or a child narrator. Readers can also read the story to themselves or even 'sing along'. Either way, the story is timeless.
Overall, this app is solidly made with crisp responses to touching the interactive 'monster' parts that appear in each scene. Simple, but intuitive settings allow easy navigation throughout the app and the diverse ways to share the story make for great replay value. A fun game app can also be found to extend the fun with a 'shake and make' monster app based on Emberley's classic illustrations. (see 'other versions' & video tab for more info). Highly Recommended!
All reviews are of the app, not the platform/device. Based originally on iPad versions. Minor technical details may vary.
Night & Day Studios, Inc.
3 - 8 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: Yes
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 2 - 6
A big green monster is built piece by piece. First on a dark background with just 'two big yellow eyes'. Next appears a 'long bluish-greenish nose' ... then a 'big red mouth with sharp white teeth'. Soon there are ears and hair, along with one 'big scary green face'!
But ... the narrator says, "You Don't Scare Me!" ... and orders each scary feature to go away, one by one. Soon nothing is left, but the words, "and don't come Back! Until I say so."