Don’t Read This Book! by Jill Lewis

You don’t want to read this fractured fairy tale. In fact, it tells you right on the cover, “Don’t Read This Book!

The King doesn’t want you to read this book. He orders you no to because there is not story here. He calls his story writer to help him find the story that’s lost. And all the while he keeps telling you not to read the book.

This has to be one of the funniest, most unique, craziest books I’ve ever read. You have this egotistical king who is about to star in a brand new story, but the story has disappeared.  So he calls on his story writer to find it. As they travel through Storyland, bumping into some familiar characters along the way, the King is also carrying on a conversation with the reader, insisting she not read the book.

Author Jill Lewis and illustrator Deborah Allwright have struck a winner with this one. Zany characters, silly yet stunning illustrations, and an engaging storyline are mixed together to provide a great reading experience.

All I could think of as I read this book for a second time is that I hope I don’t look half as ridiculous when I lose my temper as the King does when he’s screaming at the reader to stop reading. Of course, I probably do.

My little one got a big kick out of Don’t Read This Book! Even reluctant readers will want to take a peek at this book, even if it’s just because the book says not to.

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher: Tiger Tales
  • ISBN-10: 158925094X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589250949
  • SRP:  $15.95

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    The Fox in the Dark by Alison Green

     A sweet rhyming story that will help get your little ones settled in for the night is what you’ll find in The Fox in the Dark.

    The Rabbit is racing home as he’s chased by a fox in the dark. No sooner has he latched the door, but a rat-a-tat-tat startles him. The duck is also scared of the fox in the dark and begs to come in. Next comes the mouse and the lamb begging to be saved from the dreaded fox in the dark. But maybe the fox isn’t as scary as they think.

    In this beautiful reprinted edition of Alison Green’s The Fox in the Dark, young readers can get ready for bedtime by reading of the animals who are snuggling up in Rabbit’s bed to hide from the fox in the dark.

    Green’s lyrical prose flows along almost as gently as a lullaby. With great subtlety, The Fox in the Dark teaches young ones a good reason not to make assumptions about others.

    The illustrations by Deborah Allwright are wonderful. They capture the essence of the story perfectly.  From the sweat dripping off Rabbit’s forehead to the big, round eyes of the little fox, she has captured the emotions of each character.

    Everything about this book is wonderful. The special child in your life between the ages of 3 and 7 would certainly enjoy this one.

    Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher: Tiger Tales; Reprint edition
  • ISBN-10: 1589250915
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589250918
  • SRP:  $15.95

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    The Best Pet Ever by Victoria Roberts

     If you want to find a book for your child that encourages imagination, you don’t need to look further than The Best Pet Ever by Victoria Roberts.

    A little girl walks by a pet shop with her mom. She really wants a pet, but all her mom says is, “We’ll see”. So the girl does exactly that. She sees a rock, a glove, a candy wrapper, and a balloon–all of which make great substitute pets for a day or two. Then one day, the little girl opens a cardboard box to find a real kitten inside, and she’s sure he is the best pet in the world.

    There is so much to love about The Best Pet Ever by Victoria Roberts. From the unique storyline to the adorable illustrations; from the repetitive phrases that will stick in your child’s head to the way this book fosters imagination; all of this comes together to create a wonderful story that you’ll be reading time and again.

    Honestly, as I read through this book I thought of how often I say, “We’ll see”, to my children and had to chuckle.  Other things made me chuckle too: the girl tying a string to a pet rock that she named Fluffy, her feeding  a glove she named Nibbles, and how she made a candy wrapper swim.

    The illustrations for The Best Pet Ever are very different from the last two tiger tales books we reviewed. The color tones used by Deborah Allwright are soft and warm. The sky blue cover with the heart-shaped cloud is soothing. While the mother is wearing a lime green ponco as they walk by the pet shop, the lines are soft and the color not so vibrant. The extra little details on the page–the leaves fluttering in the wind, the flowers surrounding the glove in her basket, the hearts around the girl and the kitten–all add the perfect touch to these characters on the pages.

    For a touching, yet humorous story, pick up a copy of The Best Pet Ever by Victoria Roberts.

    Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher: Tiger Tales
  • ISBN-10: 1589250893
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589250895
  • SRP:  $15.95

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    Now, that I am over halfway through the books I received from tiger tales, I can definitely say I will be on the lookout for more books they publish. They put together quality products at affordable prices. The stories are imaginative and unique and the artwork superb.