Please, open this book! - Adam Lehrhaupt

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Title
Please, open this book!
Author
Adam Lehrhaupt
format
Hardback
Publisher
Paula Wiseman Books
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20151022

A group of zany monkeys ask the reader to rescue them from the book by reading it and turnings its pages. And before long the reader will realize that once all the pages are turned and read, the monkeys are trapped again. Until next time!

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Adam Lehrhaupt has travelled to six continents, performed on Broadway, and lived on a communal farm. He firmly believes that opening a book is a good thing, even if there are monkeys in it. Adam currently lives in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with his wife and two sons. This is his first book. Visit him at adamlehrhaupt.com.

As the manic animals from Warning! Do Not Open This Book! (2013) return, now exhorting readers not to close the book. A monkey with a lantern illuminating ink-black pages rejoices: "You opened the book. We're saved!" Illustrating many of the terrible things that can happen when a book is closed, Forsythe produces an alligator in a cast, a toucan with a bandaged beak, and a frightened lemur peeking from a box. A battered banana is proffered as further evidence. Stalling readers from reaching the book's end, the narrator offers to change the story. "We'll write something with a hero and heroine. You'll like it. It will be a good story!" Amusingly, the earth-toned, digitally composed illustrations depict a gorilla hunkered over a typewriter; strewn about are drafts whose only word is "banana." More bribes (that banana, now half-eaten) naturally won't deter readers from turning the pages. The panicky monkey laments: "One more page and. // THIS BOOK WILL BE // .CLOSED!" This anguished word winds up on the back cover, with small-print instructions: "You can fix this. Flip it over and.." The metafictive silliness will require the suspension of disbelief: if a closed book could hurt its characters, wouldn't a page turn inflict some minor injury?
August 1, 2015 - Kirkus

InWarning: Do Not Open This Book! Lehrhaupt begged readers not to allow theanimals in that book to escape; now, the animals plead with children to leavethis book open, so they aren't trapped inside. Lehrhaupt's humor is sharperthis time around, even edgy-a toucan and gator wear bandages, suggesting thatshutting a book doesn't just trap characters, it injures them. Set againstblack backgrounds, Forsythe's digital artwork is equally attuned to theslightly sadistic mood. As book's end approaches, he delivers an extremeclose-up of a dewy-eyed monkey making its desperate plea to readers: "We'll begood. Promise."
September 28, 2015 - Publishers Weekly

Recepient of the 2016 Wanda Gg Read Aloud Book Award

Type
BOOK
Edition
First edition
Country of Publication
New York (State)
Number of Pages
40

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