The Mommy at the End of This Book

I often sit in the family room and read books to my children. When my 10-year-old daughter was born, we only read physical books. Now, about half of the books that I read to my kids are digital versions.

One book that has stood the test of time is The Monster at the End of This Book. I still have the hardcover edition that I bought my daughter when she was a baby, but my kids also have the option to read it on my iPad. My 4-year-old son loves to swipe the digital pages and watch the animated Grover attempt to keep him from turning pages.

After several nights of watching all three kids enjoy this book, I came up with an idea to make the story a little more personal for them. I spent a long night of cutting, pasting, designing and rendering with Photoshop and Keynote to create “The Mommy at the End of the Book.” (note: There is no audio. You must read it aloud)

When I debuted the story the next morning, my kids were ecstatic. My wife wasn’t so thrilled, but she admired my creativity and was happy to see the kids’ delighting in the story. But there enthusiasm was short lived. After watching the video a few more times, my 4-year-old son asked, “Can we go back to the Grover one now?”

I guess Mommy can’t even compete with a classic.

Stay Strong,




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About author

Frederick J. Goodall

Frederick J. Goodall is the founder of Mocha Dad - a parenting website focused on fatherhood. He is passionate about parenting and helping men to be great dads, husbands, and role models. You can contact him at or on Twitter at

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