Monday, July 6, 2009
Please Do Not Open This Book! by Jon Stone
If you are looking for a way to keep a small child engaged and giggling, pick up this book. Grover, from Sesame Street, entertains us with his antics as he tries to get us to stop turning pages. He is afraid of the monster that is at the end of the book. He uses all sorts of tactics, from pleading, to rope, to bricks and just old fashioned begging. The end of the book comes and the children giggle as the monster at the end of the book is none else than loveable, furry old Grover himself. No matter if they’ve read it before, it never stops the little ones from giggling as you keep turning pages and Grover’s anxiety increases. I often stop reading and close the book in the middle because I’m too scared to go on and don’t want to stress Grover. This elicits the children’s pleas for the book to continue to be read. My mom read this to us over and over as children and we recently discovered it at the library and in a pop-up format.