“Monster book! Monster book!” is a very familiar sound coming from my students when I come into my preschool classes to do circle time. The book Go Away, Big Green Monster! is definitely the book that gets requested most by my preschoolers. I even have to take it out of the bag of books and props that I take into classes for circle time every once in a while so that the kids will have to request other books.
The book is fairly easy to find online or in book stores and is very engaging in itself. Adding in the puppet set shown in my picture makes the book even more interactive as kids love putting the pieces on the face. Prior to getting the puppet set I printed out the pattern and put velcro on the back. The pattern can be found here:
The book is great for working on body parts, requesting, and negation (i.e. “no more nose). Even kids who normally aren’t the most active participants in circle can’t resist telling the monster to “Go away!”