An E. B. White Read-Aloud Honor Book
An ALA Notable Book
A Huffington Post Notable Book
CAUTION! This book contains monkeys, alligators, and a whole lot of silliness.
You really shouldn’t be opening this book.
Just put it back on the shelf.
You’re still reading this?
Well, don’t say I didn’t warn you...
It looks like a book, it feels like a book, and it even smells like a book. But watch out...madness and mayhem lie within! Debut author Adam Lehrhaupt urges you NOT to take a walk on the wild side in this humorous, interactive romp with inventive and engaging illustrations from Eisner Award–winning comic artist and rising star children’s book illustrator Matthew Forsythe. Warning: Do Not Open This Book? won the E.B. White Read-Aloud Honor award and was a 2013 Huffington Post Best Picture Book honorable mention and an ALA Notable Children’s Book.
This quirky, subversive creation begs to be enjoyed again and again and again.
“These monkeys are a RIOT! And their books are funny, too!” —Ame Dyckman
Mixed messages about reading abound, from Michaela Muntean and Pascal Lemaitre's Do Not Open This Book! to Cece Meng and Joy Ang's I Will Not Read This Book and Jesse Klausmeier and Suzy Lee's Open This Little Book. Lehrhaupt's debut predictably counts on curious readers to ignore the dire warning and its accompanying threat, "You don't want to let the monkeys out." As pages turn, lemurs, baboons, and rhesus monkeys stalk into the spreads, where they pluck at the printed words and paint trees for themselves. The narrator's uninspired pleas to readers ("Can you stop now? Everything used to be so good") scaffold Forsythe's (My Name Is Elizabeth!) primitive, earth-tone watercolors of the escalating melee. When a flock of toucans joins the troublemaking monkeys, and a giant alligator emerges from the right margin, readers get to be part of the solution: "You can catch them all in this book!" If Forsythe's grainy illustrations echo Jon Klassen's picture books, the mood in this outing is light and message-free. Ages 4 8.
You need a physical copy of this book
At the end the child closes the book fast to trap all the animals. The obvious problem is this isn't a physical book so it doesn't make sense to the kids. Poor babies were so confused and weren't interested in reading again. If I could I would ask for my money back. Especially since it costed 12.99