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.
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.