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Monster at the End of this Book

Monster At The End Of This Book

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The Monster At The End Of This Book

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A twist worthy of classic Shyamalan

Featuring everyone's "lovable, furry old" pal Grover, The Monster at the End of This Book is a walk down the dimly-lit alleyways parallel to the sunshine of Sesame Street, an existentialist horror yarn that invites the reader to serve as the engine that propels the suspenseful plot to its harrowing apex. . .and its Serlingesque conclusion. Our story begins as Grover confides to his closest friend- that would be you, Gentle Reader- a stunning piece of intelligence: lurking at the end of this very book is a monster! But worry not, however, because Grover has erected a wall worthy of Gandalf at the Bridge of Khazad Dum to keep it at bay. But the Reader is left with a moral, metaphysical quandary- is your duty to remain with Grover-your pal- behind the barrier or do you fulfill your duty as a reader and continue on the path that author Jon Stone has laid out before you? If it is the latter, do you still continue to demolish Grover's ever-the-more intricate fortifications with each turn of the page though it causes Grover to experience sheer terror? And all the while, The Monster lurches closer and closer to the end. . . I won't spoil the ending (in my opinion, a twist worthy of classic Shyamalan but one my then four-year-old daughter swore she saw at the title page, but whatever) but I can say this: The Monster at the End of This Book is a great introduction before tackling heavier- if that's possible- works by Kafka and Lovecraft. So grab your blanky and tell Mom and Dad to make room in the middle of the bed for you: this is 24 pages of expertly-crafted horror.

 
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Grover tries to prevent young readers from turning the pages of this book because he doesn't want to meet up with the monster on the last page.



  • Condition: Used - Good
    HPB condition ratings
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    • Fine/Like New (F): No defects, little usage. May show remainder marks. Older books may show minor flaws.
    • Very Good (VG): Shows some signs of wear and is no longer fresh. Attractive. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
    • Good (G): Average used book with all pages present. Possible loose bindings, highlighting, cocked spine or torn dust jackets. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
    • Fair (FR): Obviously well-worn, but no text pages missing. May be without endpapers or title page. Markings do not interfere with readability. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Sold by: HPB Olathe
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Random House Childrens Books
  • ISBN-13: 9780307010858
  • ISBN: 0307010856
  • Publication Year: 2003
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HPB condition ratings
  • New: Item is brand new, unused and unmarked, in flawless condition.
  • Fine/Like New (F): No defects, little usage. May show remainder marks. Older books may show minor flaws.
  • Very Good (VG): Shows some signs of wear and is no longer fresh. Attractive. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Good (G): Average used book with all pages present. Possible loose bindings, highlighting, cocked spine or torn dust jackets. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Fair (FR): Obviously well-worn, but no text pages missing. May be without endpapers or title page. Markings do not interfere with readability. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Poor (P): All text is legible but may be soiled and have binding defects. Reading copies and binding copies fall into this category. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
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  • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
  • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
  • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
  • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
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HPB condition ratings
  • New: This movie is unopened and brand new.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): Near new. No defects, little sign of use. Plays perfectly. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. No skipping; no fuzzy or snowy frames in VHS.
  • Very Good (VG): Attractive and well cared for but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, but will play almost perfectly. For VHS: barely detectable distortion or very few fuzzy or snowy frames.
  • Good (G): This item is in okay condition and basically works well. There may be some minor distortion on VHS tape; slight scratching or wear on DVD.
  • Fair (FR): Basically plays, but may be obviously well-worn with some scratching or tape distortion.
  • Poor (P): Disc or tape is intact, but may be scratched or stretched. There may be skips or distortion or product defects.
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