DON'T by Litsa Trochatos

DON'T

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Age Range: 2 - 6
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KIRKUS REVIEW

You have to be careful around animals, you know, or things can get crazy—fast.

Pithy, peculiar rules, such as “Don’t start a food fight with an octopus,” appear on the right-hand pages, with the reasons behind the odd admonitions appearing once the page is turned: “It has six more arms that you do.” The illustrations here depict a young boy and a red octopus seated across a food-laden table with pieces of fruit lifted in the air, poised to throw, followed by a scene of delightful culinary chaos in which the octopus definitely has the edge. Little ones are also warned not to let a cheetah drive the car (it likes to go too fast), invite a bear to spend a winter’s night (it will refuse to leave till spring) and more. The whimsical watercolor illustrations add humor and charm. Particularly fetching are the ones of a little girl using her weight to try to yank the covers off the bear who has burrowed into her bed and the final scene of a seesaw with a hippo weighing down one end and a little boy so high in the air on the opposite side that he is visible only from the chest down.

Great for one-on-one sharing or for inciting a room full of giggles at storytime, though developmentally, it reaches beyond the traditional board-book audience. (Board book. 2-6)

Pub Date: Oct. 14th, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-55498-355-1
Page count: 24pp
Publisher: Groundwood
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 2015




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