Lehrhaupt, Adam. Please, Open This Book! Illus. Matthew Forsythe. Simon & Schuster, 2015. $17.99. unp. 978-1-4424-5071-4. Ages 3-7. P9Q8
Author and illustrator bring back the animals from Warning! Do Not Open This Book! in a reverse order to the readers that opens with a monkey on black pages crying out “You opened the book. We’re saved!” Digitally-created visuals demonstrate what can happen if the pages are closed with an alligator in a cast, a toucan with a bandaged beak, and more. Promises of a good plot are accompanied by an gorilla bent over a typewriter and surrounded by pages displaying only the word “banana.” Not much substance, but the black background gives a wonderfully scary feel, and the silliness will be appreciated by little readers.
October/November 2015 review by Nel Ward.