Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Grover and the Everything in the Whole Wide World Museum

Grover and the Everything in the Whole Wide World Museum
Norman Stiles and Daniel Wilcox ~ illustrated by Joe Mathieu
Random House, 1974

I know, I know. I promised no more licensed characters, but I couldn't help myself. When I did that post the other day and was reminded of Grover and the Everything in the Whole Wide World Museum, I went searching all through the house and came up empty handed. Luckily, I stumbled across yet another copy last week at a book shop and fell in love again with what was most-definitely my favorite Sesame Street book from childhood. I'm sure my original copy is in like 80 million pieces somewhere at the bottom of a landfill because I loved it to death. Endless hours spent reading and looking and spotting things I'd missed before.

So yea, Grover visits the EITWWWM and gets his mind blown by the zillions of wonderful things to see. Really, there are zillions of cool things to check out in this book as every page turn brings a world of wonder. Plus you have lovable, furry, old Grover as your guide, and of course he makes everything slapstick and hysterical.

I won't give away the end (which is totally awesome!) but I will say this...

You know, I have seen many things in this museum. But I have still not seen EVERYTHING IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD. Where did they put everything else?

I'm afraid you'll have to read it yourself to find out.

Other old school Sesame Street books:
The Together Book
The In and Out and All About Sesame Street Coloring Book
Sherlock Hemlock and the Great Twiddlebug Mystery
The Many Faces of Ernie
The Great Cookie Thief
Sesame Street 1,2,3 Storybook
The Amazing Mumford and His Amazing Subtracting Trick
The Sesame Street Bedtime Storybook


  1. OH MY GOD. I am having such happy childhood flashbacks. I loved this book so much. What was it about this book that was so fascinating and also so cozy? It's not like I usually feel that way about made-from-TV books.

  2. This is the BEST BOOK in the Whole Wide World. Come back big rock!

  3. Love this! my youngest is totally into Elmo and I wish he could be more responsive to the rest of the Sesame Street characters! I'll keep my eye out for this! It is fun watching Sesame Street with him because some of the bits were from when we were young! How fun it is to share the same things!

  4. Thank you so much for posting this! I just got a copy also, and it brings back such wonderful memories! I loved grover, and also read my childhood copy of this and the Monster at the End of this Book probably to pieces!
    We should definately work on a Grover come back!

  5. Another book to look out for!

  6. I can't believe you reviewed this! It's my daughter's favorite book right now (thanks to my mom, who saved mine for me!) and we read it every day. It surprised me that she loves it so much, but we read it at least once a day. And it inspired a couple of my purchases from your Etsy shop, lol.

  7. Ohmigoshineedtofindthisbook.

    Grover is my hero.

  8. I agree with Julie... it had a really cosy feeling and magical.

    That feeling really came from the page where he places the carrot in the carrot room.

    I'm going to look for the book in my parents' home after work.

  9. for anyone who is reading this post... check in on monday 3/16/09... I found my other copy so grover is going to be the great monday give....

  10. I feel like this book helped shape who I am today. It sparked a creative fire in me and got me looking at everyday life in a totally new way.

    Also related, I love museums now with outdoor scenes and objects inside--natural history museums with their dioramas of outdoor scenes. I get a cool feeling when I go to one and I have a feeling it's because it stimulates old, great memories of this book.