Human kind has been fascinated with monstrosity as far as the literary history goes. The eldest Old English epic poem “Boewulf” describes Grendel, a monster that can instill fear in even the bravest of hearts. Ed Emberley, luckily, takes this literary tradition to a more relaxed dimension, empowering children to realize they are able to tame their demons. And he does that in the most creative of ways !
First we learn about the physical features of the Big Green Monster. We learn that it has to big yellow eyes & scraggly purple hair, while flipping the book pages that are cut in a way that highlights the features in question.
Than, the author has us understand and possibly say out loud that irrespectively of the looks of the monster, it does not scare us and, thus, we start the process all over again, just in reverse order, making the cut out features disappear. A magic “go away!” exclamation is added to each demand made by kids to the monster, before it disappears.
Be it for language teachers or for parents, the book can be introduced to kids as young as 2 years old, while it will keep 6 year olds interested and ready to repeat “go away!” too ! Language-wise, it is simply brilliant, especially if we want to teach kids the face parts, or if we wish to attract their attention to the 3rd person use of the verb “to have” : “Big Green Monster has...” is repeated here on each page throughout the first half of the book. Finally, an abundance of adjectives is used throughout the book to describe wonderfully illustrated body parts. These can be used with kids in many fun and creative ways while teaching them English too.
Bonus? Of course there’s one !
1. Check out this storytelling mitten from Lakeshore Learning https://www.lakeshorelearning.com/product/productDet.jsp?productItemID=1%2C689%2C949%2C371%2C895%2C404&ASSORTMENT%3C%3East_id=1408474395181113&bmUID=1516466520344 - you may buy one or simply get inspired and craft one with your child or a group of students.
2. Loved this book? Wish to speak emotions with your kid? How about you try Glad Monster, Sad Monster by the same author?