Do you dare watch this show until the end? Grover is begging fans not to. Sesame Workshop will launch its first-ever animated Sesame Street special The Monster at the End of This Story on Thurs. Oct. 29. 

A reimagining of Sesame Street’s all-time best-selling picture book The Monster at the End of This Book, the special follows Grover’s reluctant journey to the end of the story, where, based on the title, he believes a monster awaits. Drawn in the unmistakable style of the beloved book first published in 1971, the special adds new sequences, songs and surprises, and introduces other familiar Sesame Street characters, including Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Cookie Monster, and Rosita, to the tale.

“After nearly 50 years, the lesson in The Monster at the End of This Book remains timeless: It‘s okay to feel afraid, but also important to have courage and keep moving forward in spite of those fears,” said Kay Wilson Stallings, Sesame Workshop’s Executive Vice President of Creative and Production. “We brought this classic story from page to screen in a way that will feel familiar to longtime fans and exciting and engaging for young viewers. By expanding the original narrative and adding new layers, we share a strong lesson in friendship, showing how Grover learns to manage his fear with the support of his friends.”

In celebration of the upcoming special, Sesame Workshop released a new video of The Monster at the End of This Book being read aloud by celebrities Kelsea Ballerini, Sofia Carson, Ciara, Stephen and Ayesha Curry, Josh Groban, Mykal-Michelle Harris, Lil Nas X, Ben Platt, Billy Porter, Maggie Rogers, Jordin Sparks, Hailee Steinfeld, Jason Sudeikis, Jonathan Van Ness and Olivia Wilde. 

The Monster at the End of This Story is the official special of Sesame Street’s 51st season, set to launch on HBO Max later this fall.

This special caps off the release of Sesame Workshop’s series of “Monster”-themed content, digital activities, and product releases, which to-date have included an interactive The Monster at the End of Your Story video on Sesame Street’s YouTube page,  a “Monsterize Me!” avatar creator, the release of new editions of The Monster at the End of This Book and more.

—Jennifer Swartvagher

Featured photo: Sesame Workshop

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