Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Children’s Book Review, Do NOT Open this Book

reviewed by Susan Stephenson,

Do Not Open this Book was written by Andy Lee, illustrated by Heath McKenzie, and published by Lake Press, 2016. Hardcover. RRP: $Au19.99.

From the publisher:

This guy will do anything for you not to open this book!
Threats, bribes, reverse psychology – you name it!
A hilarious new book from radio extraordinaire and all-round funny guy, Andy Lee.
Young readers will love doing everything they’re asked not to!

Have you noticed how many picture books are directly interacting with children nowadays? They speak right to kids as an audience, inviting them to play or go along with the gag. In my experience of reading aloud to kids, they adore these books, and think of them as part game, part theatre and part hilarious joke. I am all for books that encourage kids to associate reading with sheer good fun. In Do NOT Open This Book kids are begged, pleaded with and exhorted not to open the book in case of something terrible happening…and happen it finally does. McKenzie’s crazy art work is as over-the-top as the text, making for one hilarious read-aloud, or a book junior readers will adore sharing with each other.

This is another children’s picture book I will add to my list of Hilarious Toddler-Tested Picture Books

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