We also own two other Jon Stone books starring "lovable, furry old Grover" - you can read our reviews of them here:
So, you can imagine my delight when I was skimming the Little Golden Books at the supermarket yesterday and found this:
Another Monster at the End of This Book (Sesame Street Series) , by Jon Stone. My immense enthusiasm at spotting this book was only slightly tempered by my fear at Elmo's presence. (I know many love Elmo, and I'm trying to learn to love him. It is easier in books, when I can't hear his voice). Could this really have the charm of my old-school favorite? YES, it really does! Grover implores both the reader and Elmo not to turn the pages, as Elmo defies him and asks the reader to do the opposite. Ultimately, Grover comes up with a plan: "All right. We will go see the Monster. But just one little peek. When I say, "turn the page," you jump in from the back of the book and I will jump in from the front. We will see the Monster and then we will run like bunny rabbits!" SPOILER Near the end of the book, there is a wonderful two page spread in which Grover and Elmo jump out and frighten each other. Of course, they end up being the monsters at the end of the book. I still can't read this, or the original, without smiling.
"This will stop you from turning pages! I, Grover, have put up a thick, steel wall so no one can ever turn this page. / What do you say to that, little Elmo? Elmo? Where are you Elmo? Elmo is on the next page."
Bookworm's interest at 24 months: To my delight, he happily read the whole thing with me, occasionally giggling. We have a winner.
This got me wondering how many other Jon Stone books in this series I have missed. So I did some perusing, and I feel fairly certain that we have now read them all. ("The Monster At the End of this Book" seems to alternately be titled "Please Do Not Open This Book," but looks to be the same book inside). Can we hope for more sometime? Sadly, not from Jon Stone, who passed away in 1997. He certainly left his mark. RIP.
Did you enjoy the original as much as I did? Have you read this sequel?