That is Not a Good Idea! by Mo Willems

That is Not a Good Idea!

Written by Mo Willems

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Shortlisted for the Red House Children's Book Awards 2014, books for younger children category. Beautiful watercolour and pencil illustrations, punctuated by all-black pages with delicately framed text, plays off the truly hilarious story and marks an exciting new visual approach for Mo. The suspense! The thrills! A marvel of perfect comic timing and hugely appealing characters - who will you be rooting for?


That is Not a Good Idea! by Mo Willems

A crafty fox, a butter-wouldn't-melt-in-her-mouth goose and a band of prophesying little chicks...sounds like all the right ingredients for another hilarious Mo Willems picture book! This is the story of a hungry fox who meets a plump goose and, ooh, what an innocent looking goose she is. Just look at those big, doey eyes - so trusting! The fox can't believe his luck so he asks the goose to go for a stroll. The goose, with her angelic face, cannot refuse. Suddenly, a little chick pops up warning the protagonist: That is NOT a good idea! All too late! This fox is on a roll and next, he invites the goose back to his house tucked away in the deep, dark woods, and...the goose says YES! THAT IS NOT A GOOD IDEA! - now, LOTS of little chicks are shouting warnings! But...just who are they trying to help? The fox or the goose?


The silent movie presentation is pure genius. . . Mo Willems is just brilliant * Red Reading Hub * Pits a dastardly fox against a wide-eyed goose and is illustrated in show-stopping cartoon style, with a nod to silent movies. -- Sarah Webb * Irish Independent * For knock-about humour go to Mo Willems's witty and brightly illustrated That is Not a Good Idea! Read and enjoy. -- Nick Tucker * The Independent on Sunday * A great book for sharing with plenty of fun en route to its unpredictable ending. * Books for Keeps * Willems has done it again, this is another winner - a handsome, clever picture book with a fiendish twist. * Inis * An entertaining picture book * ? * The illustrations are simple but appropriate. . Perfect for sharing * The School Librarian *

About the Author

Mo Willems

Mo Willems is a three-time Caldecott Honor winner for Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale and Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity. His books have been tranlsted into over 25 languages, and his celebrated Elephant & Piggle early-reader series has been awarded the Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal on two occasions as well as five Honors. Other favourites include That Is Not a Good Idea! and Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs. Before he turned to children's books, Mo was a writer and animator on Sesame Street, where he won six Emmy Awards. Mo lives with his family in Massachusetts, USA.

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48 pages


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Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

5th September 2013




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