It's meant to be funny, view spoiler [ but all I could think about was a kid asking if the alligator was really going to eat all of monkeys and toucans! View all 4 comments. Mar 10, Jessica rated it really liked it Shelves: storytime , picture , animal , metafiction. This turned Gabe from a whiny sullen tired kid into a giggling cuddle machine. Going to try it at storytime this week and see how the kids like it. Aug 07, Colby Sharp rated it it was amazing Shelves: picture-book , , nerdy.
The best way for me to describe this book is that it is kind of like The Monster at the End of This Book on steriods. Feb 08, Dani - Perspective of a Writer rated it it was amazing Shelves: picture-books-standalone , picture-books-stars-5 , review-wrote-add-later , picture-books-stellar-art , pictures-with-boo , reviewed , , picture-books , picture-books-home-library.
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Check out more Picture book reviews Perspective of a Writer This one sounded really cute so i thought I'd get it for my nephew sometime And with the lot that I picked out this was another winner! He had ZERO trouble picking a page to draw. There is this magical combination in monkeys, toucans and an alligator that just causes giggles and delight.
The art is quite delightful and dark. It adds this creepy shiver down your back as you break the "rules" or the signs telling you to turn back. I love the tonal changes going from bright white backgrounds to dusty yellow and to totally black! The words are spot on and draw you into the story, but if words aren't necessary they aren't shoe-horned in, the page is left word free and it let me and my nephew discuss what was going on instead.
You may believe this is a message-less book, take that aunt obsessed with messages! Haha the jokes on you as this book has its message so woven into the story it isn't readily apparent even as its teaching its young readers YOU must take action if you want something to happen.
You've got to have a plan trap and execute it! See my picture book reviews in a special feature called Boo's Picture Gallery Feb 21, Go rated it really liked it Shelves: picture , childrens , fiction. Fun kids book with audience participation. My 2 year old son loved it. Even my 11 year old son thought it was entertaining. He laughed from the start after opening the cover of the book. Throughout the book there were more warnings to stop before things got worse. My youngest son looks at the book every day. Mar 07, Kendra rated it really liked it Shelves: children-s , picture-books.
I frankly adore this book: a postmodern, playful affair that begins by begging kids not to open the book because they'll let "the monkeys" out But this is a fantastic, playful romp. Would recommend to kids of any age. Sep 05, katsok rated it it was amazing Shelves: releases , picture-books. It was a powerful moment with a book that I love. This book brings that feeling back. It's fun, silly, and brilliant. Can't wait to read it to my students. Dec 06, Cheryl rated it it was ok.
Cute but redundant. Seriously, go back to The Monster at the End of this Book. The author's review is better than the book, actually. Jan 08, CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian rated it really liked it Shelves: kids , picture-books , humour. Funny and meta with lots of potential for interactivity. Would be good for story time. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
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The book warns the reader not to read it because you don't want to let the monkeys out. The signs try to stop the reader but of course you want to keep turning the pages until the monkeys come out, go wild and make quite a mess. Next the toucans arrive. Later an alligator shows up. The author suggest you set a trap with a banana.
It is very cute.
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It is a unique offering for young children. Highly recommended for Grades K Feb 22, Garrett rated it really liked it Shelves: story-time. There are a whole slew of these "don't read this book" books and I'm not sure what they're trying to teach our children. This one was at least clever, though.
Mar 14, Josie B. How did I miss this book when it was published? It is just the right length for my year old class, with a plot involving monkeys, toucans, and an alligator-what preschooler could resist? It encourages problem solving, a skill we talk about frequently in preschool science class.
I will report back after I have tried it in storytime. Nov 08, Caroline O'Brien rated it really liked it Shelves: picture-books. This book has been very clearly written to entice the reader to turn the page and keep reading.
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Children love to challenge rules so this book is certain to excite them as they break these rules and turn the pages. Apr 27, Rick rated it really liked it Shelves: library-loan , childrens-literature , picture-books. Do not read this review! I warning you Well, now you've done it. I wash my hands of it. It's all your fault. You were warned.
Seriously, this is fun little read that is two barrels of monkeys full of fun. Yes, there are monkeys. And toucans. And an alligator. And a banana. But maybe I just spoiled something. Well, I DID warn you! Feb 08, Sierra Gonzales rated it it was amazing. This story is about a secretly plan composed by the reader to catch the monkeys, toucans and alligator after proceeding forward in the book and never yielding to the warnings.
The invisible narrator of the story leads you along while demanding the author to interact with the story; the book is completely based around whether the not the audience Warning: Do Not Open This Book! The invisible narrator of the story leads you along while demanding the author to interact with the story; the book is completely based around whether the not the audience is willing to interact. This type of problem-solving that, especially in lower level or easier children's books, helps influence and promote higher level comprehension skills.
This also allows children to make inferences that can help better comprehend a text in a general sense. The fact that the book explains the toucans and monkeys love bananas and they can use that to also catch the alligator. The book provides cross section learning rather then a linear problem-solving "Dora the Explorer"-esk tales. This book is amazing for lower reading levels especially if they are able to hold the book themselves. It's also great for learning and understanding and obtaining beter comprehension skills because of the fully-captivating interaction.
Sep 26, Heidi-Marie rated it really liked it Shelves: picture-books , preschool-storytime-prep , children , fiction , humor , preschool-storytime-read. Very cute. It begs to be done in storytime. The kids loved this. It's a little shorter than I expected and I think that was my fault that it fell a little flat near the end.
But the very end was great and they loved shutting their make-believe books. I think this cou Very cute. I think this could work in a toddler storytime. Loved that one of my girls tied in the alligator with "Tick Tock" as well as the song. Went very well, though halfway through the book I got a bunch of late-comers, all first-timers. They of course sat on the far edges. And then another newbie kept complaining that she couldn't see the book when I was panning to the sides. Obviously never been in a storytime before, as she caused a lot of other disruption as well.
They really enjoyed it. They love telling me to move on when the book tells me not to, and are getting more used to books like that. Not tiring of them either! HAD to. It's already a favorite and it goes perfectly with the book. Surprised the kids with how fast I closed the book at the end. Good choice.
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It's one of those books that's purely entertainment. Lots of colour and movement, a simple story and certainly engaging. Readers are enticed to participate and embrace the humour and novelty. It works. Do Not Open This Book! Sep 10, Allen rated it did not like it. This is a book that basically tells the reader not to turn to the next page because of some peril that might befall them.
There are monkeys, toucans, and an alligator. There is a cool little "trap" at the end of the book to rescue the reader. I thought this book was going to be so much better than it was. It seemed to have such a great idea, but it fell short of my expectations. I didn't care much for the illustrations either as they seemed to be all over the place and "modernistic" in nature. I This is a book that basically tells the reader not to turn to the next page because of some peril that might befall them.
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