Story time is the best time of the day. Whether we're snuggled up on the couch or cozy in our pjs before bed, reading stories with my little ones is one of my favorite things to do. Everyone has a favorite book they remember from their childhood, and every day, parents and kids are discovering new classics of their own. There are many fabulous children's books out there, some of which everyone knows about and others we would have never discovered had my son not simply pulled a random book off a library shelf. I created this blog to share some of these wonderful stories with you. Think of it as a year's worth of the best children's books around, since no day should be without a great story. In the end, I hope we'll all have discovered at least a few new titles that will have made their way onto our list of family favorites. Enjoy!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Day 40: The Monster at the End of This Book

We were reintroduced to this classic Sesame Street tale when my brother-in-law brought it over for my son in ipad app form.  He had remembered that it had been one of my husband's favorite stories when he was little, so he went looking for it to share with our little monster.  There is an adorably amusing and interactive app available for download that features Grover reading this story aloud, and my son couldn't stop laughing each time he turned the page.  As soon as we saw it, my husband and I both said, "Oh I remember this book!!" and we read it over and over with our son, giggling right along with him.  Of course, we needed to get it in actual book form, so we passed the hint along to the Easter Bunny, who left it next to the marshmallow peeps in my son's Easter basket.  Perfect.  This is definitely a story that many parents will remember from their own childhood, and for good reason.  The Monster at the End of This Book stars lovable, furry old Grover, who reads the title and is immediately scared.  "On the cover, what did that say?  Did that say there will be a MONSTER at the end of this book???  IT DID?  Oh, I am so scared of monsters!!!"  He begs and pleads and tries every trick he can think of to keep us from turning the pages and getting closer to the monster at the end of the book -- tying the book up, nailing the pages together, building a brick wall -- but of course, what child (or parent) can resist?!  My son loves the fact that he is part of the story -- Grover is speaking directly to him, after all -- and laughs hysterically each time we read it.  If you can read it in your best Grover voice, it will be even funnier.  The suspense builds until we finally meet the dreaded monster on the last page... and you can guess who that is.  The Golden Book version is only $3.99 and the board book is $4.99 -- an absolute bargain for one of the silliest books you will ever read.  This is truly a classic favorite that will never get old!


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