The Monster at the End of This Book...starring Grover! Book App Review (iOS, $4.99)

  • Category: Book
  • Publisher: Sesame Street
  • Updated: Dec, 22 2010
  • Version: 4.0
  • Size: 177.22 MB

Languages: English

Seller: Sesame Workshop Apps

Optimized for iPhone 5 and iOS 7

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Customer Ratings

Current Version:
33 Ratings
All Versions:
2596 Ratings


** Reached No. 1 in Books in the App Store! **
** Winner of 2012 Cynopsis Kids Imagination Award – Best Preschool App! **
** Winner of 2011 Cybils Award — first Book App award winner! **
** Named one of Babble’s 50 Best iPhone and iPad Apps for Kids of 2011! **
** 2011 Children's Technology Review, Editor's Choice Award **

The Monster at the End of This Book enhances the classic Sesame Street book with a completely immersive experience that draws children right into the story. Join lovable, furry old Grover as he tries his very hardest to tie down pages and build brick walls— all to keep readers away from the monster at the end of this book. The all-time favorite you loved as a child comes alive for today’s young readers with interactive play, plus touch-point animation. 

Families can share this giggle-filled story together in a brand-new way that children will ask to read again and again. The Monster at the End of This Book is a truly enchanting reading experience for kids—and monsters—of all ages.

Funny, furry features include:

• Lively, interactive animation that responds to your child’s touch

• Narration by lovable old Grover himself

--and tapping Grover makes him talk!

• Engaging activities that empower readers to decide how and when to move the story forward—plus encourage kids’ spatial development and listening skills

• Word highlighting to help build beginning reader skills

• Easy-to-follow parent tips for helping kids tackle common fears, reflecting the book’s underlying curriculum messages about courage and labeling emotions

• Bookplate personalization — add your child's name!

Customer Reviews

  • Bugs in IOS7 on Ipad3

    by Tbarnum

    This app runs great on my IPhone 5s, but not on my ipad3. the words overlap and are out of sync with grover's mouth to the point that it is hard for my son to follow. Sometime the first line gets cut off by the start of the second line and is very annoying. As others have said the brick wall is especially bad and sometimes just falls on its own without completing the words. Hoping they can fix the problems because my son loves the book and loves the ipad!

  • 2 and 4 year old love it!!

    by kimiko611

    I am so thankful for this one! My 2 year old son and 4 year old daughter both love this so much! I always liked the booked so I didn't hesitate to download this app. I knew the kids would like it, but not as much as they do! I highly recommend it!

  • Always what I wanted

    by DarkRoland

    I loved this book as a kid but always wanted a way to make turning the pages like it was in the pictures. This app does that. This is what reading apps are for! My daughter laughed so much. Totally worth it.

  • Fantastic!

    by Dvs dan

    My daughter kept reading the book over and over. She loved it! A couple of the voice segments overlap a bit. But otherwise works fine. I would like the option of turning off Grover's voice so I can read the words.

  • Love it!

    by Sarahxkinz89

    I remember reading this book to my younger brother growing up. I was so excited to see it is now in an interactive app. My 2 year old reacts to every page. I don't usually get paid apps but I couldn't turn this one down.

  • So good

    by MindThePins

    My 16 month old loves. We enjoy reading it together - just the right length to keep his attention.

  • Awesome!!

    by mom23blessings

    Easily one of our favorites, Grover is great!!

  • In love!

    by Me123girl

    The book is only a few minutes long but my three-year-old is in love with it!!! He still cracks up every time he watches Grover.

  • Loved it as a kid and my son loves it now!

    by smallwisdom

    This was one of my favorite books as a kid and I downloaded the first version on my iPad 1 when my son was 1 year old. Three years later, it is still one of his favorite apps and gets played frequently. I will warn though that it is important to "read" it together a few times before letting your child play it on his own. It can be too scary, otherwise. Calloway makes some fantastic apps and this is one of them.

  • A classic

    by nonobjective

    A classic kids book, made even better.

  • Such a great story!!

    by Jessiefletch

    Very nostalgic reading to my LO. Love the interaction.

  • Wish I could choose to read myself

    by Jazz262

    I love the story growing up and now I can show my boys. I do wish, however, that the app would allow the parents to narrate like the book. Perhaps a on/off button so the parents could take over or give back to child. The do love it though...

  • Awesome!

    by Tprddy

    I enjoy this app with my daughter, ever since she was 2!

  • Worth it

    by MB VT

    My nephews love this app!!

  • My students with Down syndrome love it

    by Luv4movies

    It's cute and engaging. The pausing between pages allows me to address vocabulary before the next page is turned. It's great!

  • Nieces love it!!!

    by imauntie

    Both my 4 and 9 year old nieces love this app! It's very well designed and keeps them laughing!!

  • Glad to see the end not be the end!

    by Firebrand2011

    My kids and I loved this book as much as the first. Sometimes they want to hear me read it, but usually want to hear Grover and Elmo talk. The first book was great, and the second is too. The interactive options allow the reader to decide just how closely he or she will stick to the original words. Highly recommend the app!

  • My 2.5 yo favorite, funny

    by Carrot612

    This is my girls favorite. Interactive and funny. She still enjoys it even after having it for 7 months, enough said.

  • Love it!

    by Izzyb66

    I had this when I was about 6 years old and still have 2 copies at 47 and still love it. As soon as a friend mentioned the ap I added it to my phone!! Always makes me laugh. Great job

  • Fun animated book

    by TheMamaPickle

    This is basically an animated version of the book. Which is cute, because we like the book. But it doesn't provide the "hours of interactive fun!" promised in the preview. My 3 year old went through it once, then halfway through it again, and was done. It would be nice to have some games, or something, included in a future update..

  • Broken on iOS 7!

    by NunUther

    Was great. Now the voices aren't synced and brick level falls before my girls even touch the screen. They do not understand why (not to say that I do either).

  • Bugs

    by tHe2dr

    The only reason I gave it two stars is because the new version has some bugs compared to the older version. For example there are a few pages where the voice and words are no longer in sync. The brick wall is now collapsing by itself without at tapping or tipping the ipad. Otherwise I give it five stars.

  • 5 bucks!!?? C'mon

    by Joshua Lundquist

    Very fun book that my kid enjoyed, but the are only 12 pages in it. The book was finished in 5 minutes. Maybe 1 dollar, but absolutely not 5. No way.

  • Three year-old reviewer: it's great!

    by 3 y-o reviewer

    Thank you for showing us your book. I liked the end of the book, and I liked the stuff where you touched the lightening and made it move. My favorite page was where I was taking down the wood. Silly old Grover!

  • So fun for the family

    by StPaulErin

    My kids crack up at this app over and over again. Tons of fun for little ones. Nice calm and creative app.

  • Best app!

    by Lehuakahailialoha

    My 2 year old loves this app! He looks forward to it every night. We read it together and then he kisses Grover on the last page, says goodnite and falls asleep.

  • Much more than 'hours' of interactive fun!

    by Tigger5662

    My grandsons play with this book for hours every time they come over. The pages of the book have interactive features built in that aren't possible in the printed book (like tickling Grover). My grandsons have favorite pages that they go to repeatedly. I just purchased the second book with Elmo and I hope they enjoy it as much as this one.

  • Love!!!

    by Divamom200

    My son and I love this app! I was a huge fan of the book and when I found this app I had to have! Lol

  • Awesome! Very very very well done app!

    by LyndaSLP123

    This storybook app is VERY well done! If you loved this story as a child, you will love how well Sesame Street turned the story into a storybook app. The interactive features are GREAT! And truly relate to the storyline. My students (preK through 3rd) love this story and interacting with Grover. Bravo Sesame Street! Bravo!

  • Needs iPhone 5 support

    by Joeyfinoey

    Great app! Loved it on my iPhone 4 for my niece. Just wish it was updated for iPhone 5 with the larger screen.

  • Not 'hours' of interactive fun

    by Author Sam Knight

    When I saw the last photo that says 'hours of interactive fun', I assumed this was like Captain Underpants, where they had added games and puzzles. They did not. The interactivity is limited and you will see all there is to see within a few minutes. I still love the book, but that was an advertising lie.

  • A wonderful memory

    by Lovie1961

    I read this book to all my children while they were growing up. It was a family favorite! Now I'm so glad to be able to share it with my grandchildren. Thanks for making a wonderful memory new again!!

  • Awesome!!

    by It's not supposed to have words!

    OMG, I am in love with this! I loved the book when I was younger and it works beautifully as an interactive book. The creators did such a good job and my two year old laughs hysterically at every page. Definitely worth the price. Other ebook creators should study this book to see what a successful app should look like.

  • Amazingly great!!!

    by haydesigner

    A rare, rare instance of an app not only being better than the original book, but bringing it to a new level of excellence and interaction. (And as a young child many years ago, I *really* liked the book!) Honestly, this application is perhaps the pinnacle, a shining example of how to improve something by utilizing the basics of the iPad. It brings out a whole new dimension that the book hints at, but could obviously never achieve. Genuine kudos to the developers and Sesame Street for bringing such a great product and setting new standards for our children. My 2-year-old toddler loves this book app, and is easily the one he opens the most.

  • Love it.

    by and_daily

    I loved this book as a kid and now my son gets an even better version of the book.

  • A must have

    by Kstar;)

    A great interactive book. My six year old loves it.

  • Wonderful!

    by bajigirl14

    My 2 year old goes wild for this book/app!! He laughs so loud at Grover, and turns the pages and interacts all by himself. Love Love Love it!

  • Well done!

    by EslLady

    This is one of my favorite books from when I was little. The fun details and versatility of being in app form allow me to share it with a new generation of students :) I love it!

  • Great app for chilren with special needs

    by Zebrasafari

    I work with pre-school and k students on the autism spectrum and they LOVE this book. Always choose it when i give them free choice.

  • Perfect absolutely perfeccct!!!!!!!!!

    by Sebas Elleon


  • Love it

    by Care Bear 1

    Love, love, love this app. Well worth the money. My little one loves playing along with Grover.

  • Update issue

    by Darah Watson

    Both my kids love this app! They are 2 and 6. But I am having an issue with the update... As in it will not update. Not sure why. Other than that everything is great.

  • My Grandchildren Love This Book

    by Vel in Cali

    Every time I see one of my grandchildren, ages 20 months, 22 months, 4 and 5 years old, they want to play Grover. This app is second only to book 2 with Elmo for the children.

  • Fantastic!!!

    by ScrappyCIO

    My son who is almost 3 loves this book, he always picked the actual book but ever since I. Ought him this app he loves the silly and fn interactive play and laughs so much, he is also me origins the words in the book and Grover's reaction in every page.

  • We love this book!

    by tequila lover

    Awesome book!! Great for young children!

  • Awesome!

    by Pookie1010

    This is a great story app! My daughter plays it and plays it and plays it! I got it for her while she was in preschool. She's now in first grade and still loves it. I loved the book when I was a kid and when I saw this, I HAD to have it. It is just as the book, but interactive. She still reads the book, but she pretends she's doing the interactive stuff too :)

  • Terrific!!

    by SS KS

    My 3.5 yr old loves this book the best of 20 + I have downloaded for her across dif apps. It's interactive, silly fun, and my child can select it and have Grover read it to her without my help.

  • Our favorite

    by Nicole Fogel

    This has been a favorite book of our family for years, and I never thought we could like it more-but this app really does the story justice! My one year old plays it every day. My 4 and 9 year old enjoy it also.

  • Kids love it!

    by Sylvercz

    When I was a kid, I loved this book. Then in college, I was a pre-school teacher, and those kids loved it too. Now, I'm an ESL teacher overseas, and when I saw there was a digital book, I had to have it! Since I bought this book, some of my young students have read it dozens of times. I let them choose one or two books at the end of the lesson and this one is always at the top of the list. I have just bought the sequel, and look forward to sharing it with my kids. I hope there will be many more to come!

  • Review

    by TopsQueen

    This was my children's favorite book 30 years ago. Now I do daycare and the kids just love it. As does my granddaughter. It's a worthy purchase.

  • My son loves it

    by TheWoollyBully

    My son gets so excited playing this app. He laughs and gets so excited. He cannot get enough of it. He's only two!

  • Just like I remember!!!

    by Insanelybest

    This is just a great book. My mother used to read this book to me when I was a kid and she did a very convincing Grover. Now I can let my kids read this and still enjoy it myself. (Of course I don't have to mimic Grover and make my voice hoarse.) Over all a great book all together. Highly recommended!!!

  • Love it

    by Loulou1"23

    It's so interactive!! I loved this book as a child and now my daughter can enjoy it more than I ever did!!

  • Love

    by Jenny Waggenheim

    I loved this book as a kid and now my daughter loves it and this app is fantastic! Hearing Grover tell the story and the interaction is creative and fun.

  • Memories and more...

    by aeromujer

    My husband and I grew up with this book and were enamored by this app. Even still, my nieces and nephews cannot get enough of the inacteractive story.

  • My kids love it

    by mychu

    Very unique, fun, but the story is little bit short for the price..

  • Should I obey Grover?

    by Suruss

    I have submitted a refund for this app that was a complete disappointment. We kept waiting for Grover to tell us when we could turn the page. I don't think it is cute or funny to "disobey" him when he tells us adamantly not to turn the page. What I thought would be a challenging opportunity to help Grover and my son allay fears, help him with some reading skills, or problem solving unlocking the pages, was a total waste of my money. And to only be 12 pages long!!

  • Awesome

    by One lost guy

    My 3 year old loves this!!

  • Great for preschoolers

    by Kmmvfury

    My grand kids really like this Ap due to the interaction with the story.

  • The Monster At The End Of This Book

    by Tjamm

    This is awesome! I LOVE this story. Years ago, I read it to all 3 of my kids. In fact, we read it so much that I had to buy several copies because the pages would get so tattered. Thirty some years later, my daughter found this App. Now I am reading it to my grandchildren. It is very well done and I love the sound effects. Thanks for bringing "The Monster" alive.

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