Warning: Do Not Open This Book!
Written by Adam Lehrhaupt
Illustrated by Matthew Forsythe
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Warning: Do Not Open This Book! by Adam LehrhauptCAUTION! This book contains monkeys, alligators, and a whole lot of silliness. You really shouldn't be opening this book. I'm serious. Just put it back on the shelf. Right...now. 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
't mind being mauled by mo___s ) to the opening pages'
-not the art and not the text. When the narrator again urges readers to turn back, toucans join the fracas. Forsythe uses the same warm palette for the toucans as the monkeys, adding a nice continuity to an otherwise strange addition that slows down this well-paced story. Before the toucans can do much, an alligator shows up, frightening everyone. With chaos reigning supreme, the narrator turns to readers for help in laying out a plan to snare the animals inside the book. Forsythe's digitally rendered art is hilariously expressive and laugh-worthy in its own right, and it is well-paired with Lehrhaupt's spare comic text, successfully creating a book that is enjoyable both to read and behold. In the tradition of humorous metafictive offerings of the past, this celebration of chaos is a veritable festival of fun. Kirkus Reviews Audiences are warned right away about about opening this picture book: You don't want to let the monkeys out. The intrepid and curious, though, will forge on to find a single monkey poking his head in from the edge of the page-followed by a barrage of monkeys on the next, who muck everything up by fiddling with the text and splashing paint all over the illustrations. Continuing (and ignoring the narrator's pleas to stop) leads to a slew of similarly invasive toucans and finally one very large and scary alligator. All hope seems to be lost until the narrator has an idea: Only you can make things right. You should set a trap! Once the trap, a banana, has been rigged, audiences can then slam the book shut with squeals of glee, keeping the mess of creatures stuck inside... Forsythe's earth-toned, messy digital illustrations escalate along with the text, starting with warning signs against an austere white background but, as the critters get out of control, becoming full-bleed chaos. The art is also also reminiscent of a kid's watercolor paintings, a feeling enhanced by the blob-shaped monkeys and wonky alligator-and the fact that the monkeys themselves draw the trees in the background. Kids following along will relish the exhilaration of breaking the rules as well as the simple but clever means of cleaning it all up. Expect the titular exhortation on this one to be thoroughly ignored again and again. BULLETIN OF THE CENTER FOR CHILDREN'S BOOKS Warning: Do Not Open This Book! by Adam Lehrhaupt, illus. by Matthew Forsythe In the spirit of Press Here and other inventive books that play with the possibilities of the page turn, this debut from author Adam Lehrhaupt unequivocally warns children to close this book and turn away from it. So... kids won't be able to resist, just to see what their act of rebellion yields. Maybe you should put this book back. You don't want to let the monkeys out, the book begins. Matthew Forsythe (My Name Is Elizabeth!) draws a wide-eyed monkey on a sign that says DANGER. When children inevitably turn the page, they are greeted with, Why did you turn the page? Didn't you see the warning? Stay on this page. You are safe here. Signs that read Stop,
's up to readers to save the naughty monkeys. Lehrhaupt delivers a brilliant conclusion to this hilarious romp, which involves readers to the very end. --Jennifer M. Brown, children's editor, Shelf Awareness Discover: A picture book that warns children to walk away from it--ensuring they'll eagerly turn every page to view the consequences. Shelf Awareness Reverse psychology runs rampant in this amusing collaboration between first-time author Lehrhaupt and award-winning illustrator Forsythe. Opening this book is like venturing into a cordoned-off danger zone. Those who disobey the cover threats are met with four pages of comically dire signs: Come On ... Seriously? and I Guess You Don't Mind Being Mauled by Monkeys. There's a catch-your-breath moment after the reader turns the next page, quickly followed by a riot of monkeys barreling across a double-page spread, toting paints, crayons, and a guitar. The narrator implores the reader to get out before things get worse. And they do get worse, with the destructive monkeys being followed by toucans and an alligator that opens his jaws very, very wide. At last, the narrator supplies the reader with an ingenious way to lure the whole zoo back into the confines of the book. The earth-tone digital illustrations well replicate the messy monkey business of painting all over the trees and pages, and the playful arrangement of text adds greatly to the book's mayhem. Wonderful chaos. Booklist'
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