Before I dive into this week’s review I feel I must fully disclose a fact that affected the way I reviewed the book, The Monster at the End of This Book and that is that I hate Elmo. I mean I really hate that little red bastard. Before we had LTD, I was reading a book for new dads and it talked about how I would learn to love Elmo or at least appreciate him. Well, I am here to tell you that that will never ever happen. What is my point? I am a Grover man, always have been and always will. Grover is the star of The Monster at the End of This Book and in fact he is the only character, a detail that makes the book doubly awesome.
The plot centers on Grover’s concern that there is indeed a monster at the end of the book and with each page we turn we get closer. He grows increasingly agitated as the reader ignores his pleas and keeps turning pages. I won’t spoil the surprise ending, but the best part of the book lays in the fact that the young reader is an active participant in the journey. Grover speaks directly to the reader and in doing so he feels like a friend.