Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Open Very Carefully - A Book with Bite review

Open Very Carefully: A Book with BiteWhat would you do if you were settling down for a quiet bedtime story and you realized that a crocodile had fallen into your storybook and was — not to put too fine a point on it — wreaking havoc? Would you slam that book shut and cram it back onto the bookshelf? Or would you be brave enough to peek?(goodreads summary)

This whimsical storybook starts out as a reading of The Ugly Duckling but is suddenly interrupted by a hungry crocodile. The crocodile eats letters and gobbles up sentences while the little duckling tries to think of ways to remove him from the book.  It involves its' reader in a fun way with interaction in some parts. For example, the duckling asks you to rock the book to make him go to sleep or shake the book to make him fall out. Kids could also do some good movement activity to the story while reading out loud to them. The illustrations are quite simple and the words do take up most of the page but the duckling is cute. It was fun to move along for his next expression at the turn of each page. The story is silly, good for a giggle or two and is probably best for younger readers. It leaves room in the end for wondering what the crocodile will be up to next. I think this is a "just right book" for ages 3-5.~

Title: Open Very Carefully - A Book with Bite
Author: Nicola O'Bryne with words by Nick Bromley
Pub. date: February 2013, Nosy Crow
Genre: picture book
Hardcover, 32 pgs.

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