Thursday, July 04, 2013

Open Very Carefully: A Book With Bite, by Nicola O'Byrne

Open Very Carefully: A Book With Bite is a hilarious reading experience that will engage your child in unconventional ways.  The book starts simple enough.  The first page opens with the story of the ugly duckling...until an uninvited guest shows its reptilian hide!  A crocodile has slipped into the book!  It wreaks havoc on the book as you turn the pages by interrupting scenes, and even eating letters as you try to read.  Is there any way to chase the crocodile out of the book?  You'll have to read to the end to find out.

This is an excellent read for many reasons, but the biggest reason for this is the creative way the book engages with the reader.  It directs you to shake the book in certain ways.  The crocodile will eat sentences right from under you.  The humor in the dialogue and the bright, vibrant artwork will capture your child's imagination as the two of you wrestle with the dilemma of a crocodile-infested story.  And the playful vibe of the book provides great opportunities for you to practice dialogic reading with your child.

For another children's book that involves a story being disrupted by its own characters, pick up Z is for Moose, by Kelly Bingham.

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