THIS BOOK IS OUT OF CONTROL! by Richard Byrne

THIS BOOK IS OUT OF CONTROL!

by , illustrated by
Age Range: 3 - 8
Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

The act of reading a picture book has never gotten so out of control.

When Bella and Ben attempt to play with a remote-control fire truck, playtime goes awry—first for Bella’s big, spotted dog and then for the main characters themselves. Before long, things are upside down, sideways, switched around, and out of control, and the only way to fix everything is for readers to press the proper buttons to get the book that they are reading back under control. The remote, which is almost as large as the characters and contains simple directional buttons, such as “up,” “down,” “spin,” and “squirt” (!), will be irresistible to tiny fingers. Bold red text conveys a sense of mild—yet exciting—alarm and will keep readers on the edges of their seats, just waiting for the book to get out of control. Minimalist backgrounds and pages splattered with bright colors keep readers’ eyes trained solely on the story; however, the bright palette does not distract from the book’s absence of characters of color—Bella and Ben both appear to be white. The book concludes with a challenge, inviting readers to figure out which button hasn’t yet been pressed. Once readers figure it out, they will undoubtedly want to read the book all over again.

It’s finally OK for kids to press buttons! This interactive story will empower, educate, and entertain young readers who are on the path to independent reading. (Picture book. 3-8)

Pub Date: Oct. 4th, 2016
ISBN: 978-1-62779-933-1
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Henry Holt
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 2016




MORE BY RICHARD BYRNE

ChildrenTHIS BOOK JUST ATE MY DOG by Richard Byrne
by Richard Byrne
ChildrenWHAT NOISE DOES A RABBIT MAKE? by Carrie Weston
by Carrie Weston
ChildrenTHE REALLY, REALLY, REALLY BIG DINOSAUR by Richard Byrne
by Richard Byrne

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenDON'T PUSH THE BUTTON! by Bill Cotter
by Bill Cotter
ChildrenACTUAL SIZE by Steve Jenkins
by Steve Jenkins
ChildrenPRESS HERE by Hervé Tullet
by Hervé Tullet