A baby sibling for a modern childhood classic.
Fans of Emberley’s beloved Go Away, Big Green Monster! (1993) may be understandably wary of this unlikely companion, but it’s hard to resist this baby monster’s toothy grin. In turning the die-cut pages, readers step by step create a Little Green Monster with little yellow eyes, “bluish-greenish” ears and nose, a red mouth with a single pointy fang, one curly purple strand of hair: in all, a “little green happy face.” When the first star of the night appears, readers say goodnight to each element of the face so that, by the end, all that’s left are the stars and a wish for sweet dreams. Even in this gentle, diminutive version, the feeling of empowerment children attained in the original by sending the monster away remains. By making this companion both a bedtime book and a features-recognition game, Emberley creates a title that will work well with a very young audience.
Does the original monster need tweaking? Maybe not, but it’s nice to see him have a little companionship. (Picture book. 2-6)