Not all books are created equal and not all ebook apps are created equal. There are many duds out there, but there are a few gems. The Monster at the End of this Book app from the iTunes store is one of the gems. In this interactive version of the classic tale, children get to actually break through Grover’s barriers and turn the pages to see the monster at the end of this book.
In case you are not familiar with the story, Grover tries to stop you from turning the pages because he has heard that there is a monster at the end of the book. Of course, the pages keep turning no matter what obstacles he puts up to stop the reader from turning the page. Finally, we find out at the end of the book who the monster is (and no, I’m not going to spoil it if you haven’t read it).
In the app, Grover reads to the children and they can interact with him on each page. For instance, when they come to the brick page, they tap the bricks to get them to break and fall down.
The animations are great and add to rather than distract from the original story. My niece, who is 4.5 years old, is addicted to this app and asks to read “That silly monster book” each time I come over. As an added bonus, there is a parents section that suggests tips for helping children develop reading and pre-reading skills.
For more information, check out at the app store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/monster-at-end-this-book…starring/id409467802?mt=8