Ed Emberley’s Classic “Go Away, Big Green Monster!” Now Available on the iPad

Go Away, Big Green Monster! is the iPad adaptation of Ed Emberley’s best-selling book. Emberley is a talented artist and children’s book illustrator, and this story provides all of the magic of the print version.

This simple but entertaining story of a monster with big yellow eyes, scraggly purple hair, and a scraggly green face, teaches children to take control of their fears by turning a scary concept into a silly concept. As children turn the pages, the monster will be slowly revealed, bit by bit, and then banished by the brave narrator (Emberley) piece by piece.

This book also provides a creative and fun way for young children to explore different colors. Narrated by Emberley himself, this short story includes many different animations to keep children engaged. The monster’s eyes blink, his nose bounces, his mouth chomps, his ears wiggle, his hair waves, and his face jiggles. Each part of the monster can be tapped individually to create an entertaining tale that children will want to revisit again and again.

Emberley is one of the book’s narrators, but there’s also an option to have a second, different narrator: a four-year-old. This option can be accessed by choosing “Read with a Friend” on the main page. There’s also a “Read to Myself” option that provides only sound effects so children can try reading alone or with parents.


Finally, there’s a fun sing along, which was my favorite option. In this sing along, the words of the book are sung out loud in a fun, rhythmic tune. This version also has automatic animations, which are fun to watch.

This is an excellent book for younger children, especially those who have enjoyed other stories by Ed Emberley. It’s colorful, entertaining, and easy to read. Go Away, Big Green Monster! on the iPad is sure to be an instant hit with kids.

What I liked: The different narration options were a lot of fun, and I liked seeing how the cutouts of the print book were translated for the iPad. The progressive building of the monster worked well and I enjoyed this as much as the paper book.

What I didn’t like: No complaints here. This is a great re-imagining of a well-loved children’s book, but I will warn that it’s a little short compared to some other interactive children’s books. A couple activities would make this app spot-on.

To buy or not to buy: This is a simple story and a good choice for children who may be scared of boogeymen and monsters under the bed. I would hesitate to read this to a younger child who doesn’t already have a fear of monsters, but for an adventurous four-year-old who doesn’t mind being a little spooked, it’s perfect.

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