Warning: Do Not Open This Book!

Warning: Do Not Open This Book!

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Monkeys, toucans, and alligators unleash mayhem.
Publisher: New York : Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, ©2013.
ISBN: 9781442435827
1442435828
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) :,color illustrations ;,24 cm
Additional Contributors: Forsythe, Matthew 1976-- Illustrator

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betasister422
Jul 17, 2016

Unlike Jon Stone's "The Monster at the End of the Book" (starring the Muppet's Grover), Lehrhaupt doesn't keep you waiting to see what kind of mayhem will ensue. Readers are warned, in as many ways possible that opening the book will unleash the crazy. But sometimes, in kids books, crazy is what you want!

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AlanaS
Apr 25, 2015

Strange things will happen if you open this book! Be warned!!!

mvkramer Dec 12, 2014

I like how interactive this book is - the author pleading with the reader not to keep going for fear of unleashing monkeys, toucans, and eventually an alligator. A fun book to read with kids.

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ABCdriver98023
Oct 08, 2014

Hilarity ensues after the first page! The reader is caught up in the error of their ways until the very end, when the reader gets to solve the problem.

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Hyacinth22
Dec 23, 2013

Fabulous! Easy read, over quick and squeals of delight from my 3 year old.

forbesrachel Nov 07, 2013

A warning to all, do not open this book, and if the cover doesn't make this clear, the signs inside the cover should. But for all those who do move forward bravely, here is what to expect. Monkeys. The author speaks to you, pleads with you, and tries his best to stop you from reading. Yet if after all this, you still turn the page, what do you see but a single monkey. Mayhem ensues! More and more creatures rush in. So the author has you, who freed them, participate in recapturing them with a trap. The method of doing this is by closing the book. Never has the act of finishing a book been so originally used. This one small interactive element will delight children. Just as the front cover is part of the story, so too is the back.

The images also follow this journey into chaos. Few are used at the beginning and are dull in hue, while more appear later in much brighter tones. At several points various elements draw you into the next page, whether this be questions asked of the reader, warnings against something, or visual aspects like the snout of a unknown creature, or the line being drawn off the edge, the next page is always eagerly anticipated.

With such an excellent sense of comedic timing, building up of expectations, and the involvement of the reader, this is sure to be a favourite for many a child.

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ABCdriver98023
Oct 08, 2014

ABCdriver98023 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 3 and 99

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