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Author: Judi Barrett

Illustrator: John Nickle

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Publisher: Athaneum,

Material: hard cover

Summary: This is a colorful presentation of the silly things you want to avoid: shopping for shoes with a centipede, playing Double Dutch with a grasshopper, and definitely don't hold hands with a lobster! This is a read-aloud picture book for preschoolers and young elementary students.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, easy reader, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 9

Interest Level: 3 to 6

Reading Level: 2.3

Age of Child: Class of preschool students.

Young Reader Reaction: I have a friend who teaches preschool. This is a class favorite.

Adult Reader Reaction: I love the whimsical illustrations, especially the fold-out giraffe. When you have finished the book, it is fun to explore other things you and your child (or grandchild) won't want to do like take a mouse to a cheese factory or swim in a vat of molasses.

Pros: Great artwork and a clever selection of creatures entertain children and adults alike.

Cons: If the child is too young s/he may not get the "joke." For example, the idea that you "never go to the bank with a raccoon" may be a tad too subtle, even with the illustration.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is potentially a "classic" that even older children will want to hang on to and page through occasionally.

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Educational Themes: This is a great way to help you raise the issue of other, more serious things you don't want your child to do, like getting into a car with a stranger or forgetting to look both ways when crossing the street.

Notes: Bob Walch, Monterey, California, sent us this review. Bob's reviews appear in the Salinas Californian, Watsonville Register-Pajaronian, Aptos Times, Ride/Western Times and Coast Views Magazine. His online are at MyShelf, Roundtable Reviews, Parent Click, Midwest Book Review, and I Love a Mystery.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal characters, humor

Date(s) Reviewed: April 2008

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