Warning: Do Not Open This Book! by Adam Lehrhaupt

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 Lehrhaupt

CAUTION! 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


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 * 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.

Go Back and U-Turn, plus barbed wire and orange pylons, suggest that readers proceed at their own risk. On the next page, a monkey appears from stage right ( Oh, no. Now you've done it ); others follow. They parade onto the pages wielding paint cans, tubes of paint and brushes ( What a mess! Naughty monkeys ). While the story warns against impending doom, children will delight in the consequences of each page turn; the monkeys

's up to readers to save the naughty monkeys.

'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 * Children won't be able to resist the urge to turn the page as they wade through caution tape, warning signs, and scenes of chaos. The madcap mayhem includes monkeys stealing the illustrator's tools to paint their own drippy forest, a flock of swooping toucans, and an alligator sprawled across several spreads. Only the introduction of a banana trap can possibly save the story. The witty text is direct, and the art soars and leaps as much as the animals. Forsythe's digital art features a subtle palette of browns and grays and the characters are rendered in a bold contemporary style with simple broad strokes. In the grand tradition of books that warn children away from reading them ... this one invites readers into the action. More fun than a barrel of monkeys * School Library Journal * 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. * Publishers Weekly *

About the Author

Adam Lehrhaupt has travelled to six continents, performed on Broadway, and lived on a communal farm. He firmly believes that opening a book is a good thing, even if there are monkeys in it. Adam currently lives in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with his wife and two sons. This is his first book. Visit him at adamlehrhaupt.com. Matthew Forsythe is an award-winning comic book artist and illustrator. His first children's book, My Name Is Elizabeth! by Annika Dunklee, was a named a 2011 New York Times Notable Children's Book. His illustrations have appeared in many publications including the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. He lives in Los Angeles where he is the Lead Designer on the animated series, Adventure Time on the Cartoon Network. Visit him at comingupforair.net.

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40 pages
Interest Age: From 4 to 8 years


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Paula Wiseman Books an imprint of Simon & Schuster

Publication date

27th August 2013



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