Warning: Do Not Open This Book! by Adam LehrhauptWarning: Do Not Open This Book! by Adam Lehrhaupt

Warning: Do Not Open This Book!

byAdam LehrhauptIllustratorMatthew Forsythe

Picture Books | August 27, 2013

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CAUTION! This book contains monkeys, alligators, and a whole lot of silliness.

You really shouldn’t be opening this book.
I’m serious.
Just put it back on the shelf.
You’re still reading this?
Well, don’t say I didn’t warn you...

It looks like a book, it feels like a book, and it even smells like a book. But watch out...madness and mayhem lie within! Debut author Adam Lehrhaupt urges you NOT to take a walk on the wild side in this humorous, interactive romp with inventive and engaging illustrations from Eisner Award–winning comic artist and rising star children’s book illustrator Matthew Forsythe. Warning: Do Not Open This Book? won the E.B. White Read-Aloud Honor award and was a 2013 Huffington Post Best Picture Book honorable mention and an ALA Notable Children’s Book.

This quirky, subversive creation begs to be enjoyed again and again and again.

“These monkeys are a RIOT! And their books are funny, too!” —Ame Dyckman
Title:Warning: Do Not Open This Book!Format:Picture BooksProduct dimensions:40 pages, 9 X 9 X 0.5 inShipping dimensions:40 pages, 9 X 9 X 0.5 inPublished:August 27, 2013Publisher:Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1442435828

ISBN - 13:9781442435827

Appropriate for ages: 4

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Editorial Reviews

Reverse psychology runs rampant in this amusing collaboration between first-time author Lehrhaupt and award-winning illustrator Forsythe. Opening this book is like venturing into a cordoned-off danger zone. Those who disobey the cover threats are met with four pages of comically dire signs: “Come On . . . Seriously?” and “I Guess You Don’t Mind Being Mauled by Monkeys.” There’s a catch-your-breath moment after the reader turns the next page, quickly followed by a riot of monkeys barreling across a double-page spread, toting paints, crayons, and a guitar. The narrator implores the reader to get out before things get worse. And they do get worse, with the destructive monkeys being followed by toucans and an alligator that opens his jaws very, very wide. At last, the narrator supplies the reader with an ingenious way to lure the whole zoo back into the confines of the book. The earth-tone digital illustrations well replicate the messy monkey business of painting all over the trees and pages, and the playful arrangement of text adds greatly to the book’s mayhem. Wonderful chaos.