Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Great Monday Give: The Monster at the End of This Book

Let us hark back to my secret Muppet past for a moment. As longtime readers know, I was a huge Jim Henson fan in my youth and worked for the company for a while when I was in New York in their children's publishing division.... So I'm still a sucker for vintage Sesame Street, and usually can't say no, like in this case... The Great Monday Give for today is a sweet, 1977-printing vintage edition of THE Sesame Street classic, the Little Golden Book fave, The Monster at the End of This Book starring Lovable, Furry Old Grover. I know everyone and their grandmother has a copy of this book, but I still thought somebody, somewhere might still need to give their child the creeps in the most wonderful way. To be entered to win, all you have to do is comment on this post between now and May 15, Sunday at 11:59 PM. A winner will be selected at random and anounced the next day. Case in point...

The winner of the last give of Hey Al! is ChristyJan. E-mail me at webe(at)soon(dot)com and thanks again for playing. Everyone, really.


  1. Ohhhhh!!! I love Sesame Street!! These are my favorite vintage books!!

  2. Hi! I’d love to win this book. We love Sesame Street. My son’s favourite characters are Ernie and the Count. I don’t know if the giveaway is open to international readers, though. Best regards from Barcelona, Spain! Thanks! Marta

  3. Wow! Thanks for reminding me of this book and it is perfect timing for my son! It has been great following you on Facebook - lots of great ideas!

  4. this was one of my favorites as a little girl! i can't wait to read it to my son.

  5. My boys are just discovering the Sesame Street love these days. They'd love this book!

  6. Wow, if it's open to international readers count me in! :)

  7. I can't believe I haven't ever read this! I am a huge Muppet and Sesame Street fan. This would be lovely to add to my new nephew's book collection!

  8. Oh, please! My mom has this book, but there are three of us children, and so the book must remain at her house. I would love a copy to read to my son at our house!

  9. My husband just loves this one!

  10. I'm not entering the contest, because we already have this wonderful book and don't want to deprive someone else of its joys. I'm just chiming in here to mention that it was one of my favorite books as a kid, and is one of my ten-year-old's all-time favorites. She even attempts a priceless imitation of Grover that never fails to give me the giggles.

  11. I LOVE THAT BOOK! So silly. cheers!

  12. I'd love to win a copy of this book.

  13. I have this book so please don't consider this an entry...just wanted to say this is one of my very favorites from childhood. So very much fun. Grover at this best. There is a new one that features Elmo as well and it isn't nearly as cute.

  14. I have just heard about this book from a co-worker for my god child. I am super excited!!!

  15. I love Sesame Street! Hope I win!


  16. This was one of my favorites and we don't have a copy yet, I'd love it (only if you can post to Australia). =)

  17. First time commenter says Yes Please! I had this book as a kid and mine are now at the right age for this...

  18. So glad I found your site! I'd love to win this book!,,

  19. Oh, I LOVE this book! I give it as a birthday present all the time and would LOVE a vintage copy!

  20. Oh, am I tearing up??? Goodness... sniff... Okay, so I just had a rush of nostalgia. I loved this book as a kid. Funny that it is "my" year, too. I can't seem to find my copy, and I don't know why. Panicking just a bit at the moment, over that. I love vintage Sesame Street, the books, the shows, the 70's and 80's music and animation. I have two other vintage SS books that I also loved as a kid. Bert and Ernie in The Perils Of Penelope AND Molly Moves To Sesame Street. Both are in great condition because, though I read them often, I was really careful with them. Would love to obtain more. If you are okay with internationals, I would love to be entered, thank you. And, I did not know that you worked for Jim Hensen for a bit. Very interesting bit of trivia. :-)

  21. We adore this book, but don't have our own copy. We'd love to add it to our collection. Thanks for the fun chance to do so!

  22. I know a little boy who would love this, so I am throwing my hat in and sending fans some links:
    Jim Henson, a gentle genius-
    How could any one not love a man who said:
    "When I was young, my ambition was to be one of the people who made a difference in this world. My hope is to leave the world a little better for having been there." -and- "Life's like a movie, write your own ending. Keep believing, keep pretending.

    One of my favorite characters, next to kermit, is Grover, who was all about refining life experience and learning through trial and error. He demonstrated that it’s okay to make mistakes. He even has his own Wikipedia page selectively quoted here.

    "Grover, the Muppet character from Sesame Street is the self-described 'lovable, cute and furry' monster who almost never uses contractions when speaking or singing.He made his first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show in a 1967 Christmas Eve special, where He was referred to as "Gleep", a monster in Santa's workshop." - "During the first season of Sesame Street, the character was nicknamed "Fuzzyface" or "The Hairy One", though neither would be used for his actual name. By the second season of Sesame Street, he had acquired his present name and his appearance was changed to the more familiar puppet with blue fur and a pink nose."

    And, here are some direct links to some of my favorite Grover episodes:

    Super Grover in Haircuts do not hurt:

    Super Grover takes the bus:

    Grover Disco Dancing to the ABC song:

    Grover as personal trainer, counting:

    Monster in the mirror starring Grover

    Grover with Madeline Kahn on how to listen:

    Stevie Wonder teaches Grover to scat-sing:

    Carlina and Grover discuss love:

    Jesse & Grover discuss marriage:

    The king and I Staring Grover

    Anonio tickles Grover

    Kermit and Grover showing the differences in people:

  23. As i get older I find myself collecting more and more childrens books. This is one of my favorites, and automatically reminds me of my father (who does a flawless Grover imitation). being reminded of it really made my day. I would love to win a copy :)

  24. I remember this book! A friend of ours had it. I would love to share it with my son!

  25. Hi,

    I'm just wondering if you received my e-mail with my address for winning last weeks Monday Give?


  26. Yup. Mailed it out yesterday. Enjoy!