Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Go Away, Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley
“It’s like Candyman if instead of saying his name three times you just called into existence each of his bodyparts.”
Man. Insult upon injury, today’s book. Does the reader really have to call Big Green Monster’s hair “scraggly”? That’s just wrong, dude. Today I introduce Kate to her very first Ed Emberley book. Sure, it’s not terribly Halloween-ish, but it’s not NOT Halloweenish, amiright? We consider the ways in which Emberley both invokes a scary monster without making it too scary along the way. So he’ll follow up sharp white teeth with “little squiggly ears”. It’s a fascinating duality. We also talk paper texture, hair shaming, and why the cartilage in monsters tends to be a different color than skin.
We wondered quite a bit about why there’s a bluish-greenish nose in addition to a big green scary face. Why have such similar colors? You can’t even clearly make out this nose from a distance, and this is a readaloud storytime book, for crying out loud! One theory is that the nose should, by color logic, be orange. What would be the problem with that? Well, look at this nose. This is clearly a Bert from Sesame Street shape situation here, people. My theory is that it was orange-ish and the color change was requested by an editor somewhere.
“A face going away can be frightening to a certain type of child.” This is the Sesame Street sequence that freaked me the heck out as a kid. This book? Really reminds me of this sequence, it does.
Now my working theory here is that this face, right here, is the most frightening in the entire book. “It’s just TEETH and EYES!” After all, you would think the face would be the last thing to go.
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About Betsy Bird
Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.
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