This classic, funny, interactive story is seriously one of the best books for preschoolers and kindergartners of all time. It was one of my favorites as a kid and is now one of my children’s favorites.
Title: The Monster at the End of This Book
Author: Jon Stone
Illustrator: Michael Smollin
Publication Year: 1971
Age Group: Preschool, Kindergarten
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Comments: Honestly, I can’t believe I haven’t mentioned this book before on our list of personal family favorites. I’m sure most people are already aware of how great this book is, but just in case you’re not, if you have a preschooler or kindergartner, they are almost guaranteed to enjoy this book featuring Grover (lovable, furry, old Grover) begging the reader not to turn the pages of the book. He’s afraid of the monster at the end of the book mentioned in the title only to discover that he himself is the monster at the end of the book. I remember reading this book to myself as a child, so I probably was in 1st or 2nd grade, and thinking it was the funniest, most clever book I’d ever read. My 4 and 6 year olds both think it is hysterically funny and they have since probably around their 3rd birthdays. My almost 2 year old likes to listen too, but the humor is clearly over his head. I’m surprised this book is not more universally recommended in authoritative book lists, because as far as I’m concerned, this one is a real winner.
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