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This Book Can Read Your Mind

Written by Susannah Lloyd

Illustrated by Jacob Grant

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This Book Can Read Your Mind Review

Books of the Month Featured Books for 3+ readers Featured Books for 5+ readers Funny General Fiction

Irresistible, laugh aloud story all about the power of books and the imagination

January 2020 Book of the Month

With a concept based entirely upon the universal truth that as soon as somebody tells you not to think of something, you immediately do so and the quite philosophic concept of visualisation of language heard or read, this book will have young( and old) readers in stitches. Stamped with a No Silliness Allowed warning on the front cover, we can anticipate plenty of silliness ahead despite the firm instructions from the very serious scientist introducing the amazing book that has the power to show a picture of the reader’s thoughts. Sadly, it all goes wrong for him as soon as he uses pink elephants as an example of what not to think about and quickly escalates as he thinks of more terrible scenarios involving elephants, mice, panties and their bottoms. The explosive finale causes him to order the reader to put the book down and “Don’t even think about” picking it up again…..This is bound to be instantly disobeyed in every home and classroom! The zany illustrative style is perfectly suited to this story and the clever use of the only white space being within the speech bubbles immediately emphasises the instructional and increasingly shouty nature of the scientist’s words. Both great fun and a creative inspiration, this is a must have purchase!

Joy Court

This Book Can Read Your Mind Synopsis

You have opened a very special book. This book can do something that has NEVER been achieved before. This book can read your mind. I will just need you to think of something, but whatever you do, don't think of anything SILLY. You know, like a pink elephant...When the page is turned, sure enough, a pink elephant appears! This funny interactive book plays on the idea that when you're told NOT to think of something, somehow it is all you can think about. As the book continues, and more and more silliness ensues, the scientist is distraught but there is plenty of fun in store for the reader!

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ISBN: 9780711241442
Publication date: 07/01/2020
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780711241442
Publication date: 7th January 2020
Author: Susannah Lloyd
Illustrator: Jacob Grant
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 32 pages
Suitable for: 3+ readers, 5+ readers
Genres: Funny, General Fiction
Recommendations: Books of the Month

About Susannah Lloyd

Susannah Lloyd is the author of This Book Can Read Your Mind, illustrated by Jacob Grant, and The Terribly Friendly Fox, illustrated by Ellie Snowdon. She lives in Yorkshire with her family. Find her online at and on Twitter @Susannah_Lloyd Jacob Grant makes picture books. Absurd and heartfelt picture books. Originally from Ohio, he now lives with his wife and baby boy in a very windy city in Illinois. Day and night he can be found at his home studio, drawing, painting and writing until something feels story-ish. When he's lucky, some of this mess gets ...

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