Monday, October 17, 2011

Go Away, Big Green Monster!

Title: Go Away, Big Green Monster!
Category: Picture Book
Grades: 2-5 years
Author: Ed Emberley
Illustrator: Ed Emberley
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Date: 1992

Ed Emberley moves right into a preschooler's world with Go Away, Big Green Monster.  As the book progresses, a big, scary monster slowly develops out of the dark.  But this reader is in charge and orders the monster away bit by bit.  At last the monster is vanquished and forbidden to return until the reader permits it. 

Illustrations in this book are die-cuts that use solid colors to help the monster grow and dissolve.  They create a preschool-appropriate and intriguing visual that is easy to see, even from a distance.  The story itself is perfect for preschoolers, among which monsters in the dark is a common fear.  The repetitive "Go away!" allows preschoolers to take part in the story and may help them overcome their fear as well.  It also serves as a colors concept reinforcement since each part of the monster is in a different, named color in the story.


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