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Written by Litsa Trochatos

Illustrated by Virginia Johnson

  • 24 Pages
  • 9781554983551
  • 8.75" x 8.75"
  • Reading age to 3
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / General
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories


Publication Date October 01, 2014

This cleverly conceived board book appeals to a young child’s sense of fun while providing facts about different animals. A series of impossible but delightful-to-imagine cautionary statements are followed by informative explanations:

Don’t take a bath with a pig.
It loves wallowing in the mud.

Don’t start a food fight with an octopus.
It has six more arms than you do.

The simplicity and humor in the text and watercolor illustrations will make this book a story-time favorite.

Selected for the OLA Best Bets (Picture Books, Honorable Mention) 2015


Litsa Trochatos
Litsa Trochatos is an interior designer who also enjoys painting and photography. She was inspired to write this story — her first book — when her young nephew was born.

Virginia Johnson
Virginia Johnson is a well-known textile designer who creates beautiful colorful prints for clothing and home furnishings. Her collection can be found in more than one hundred stores all over the world. Her collection can be found in more than one hundred stores all over the world. She has also illustrated This New Baby by Teddy Jam.


Star Review

"Trochatos debuts with a series of gently funny riddles/warnings . . . Johnson’s carefree
watercolors revel in the playful setups." Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

"A raucous romp through all the don’ts of playing with animal friends." Today's Parent

"How refreshing and sensible. . . . Now if only all the don'ts in the world were as intelligent." Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

"Litsa Trochatos’ don’t-instructions are most definitely delightful, goofy entertainment for all ages . . . Even more funny-bone tickling, though, are Virginia Johnson’s irreverent illustrations." BookDragon

"Great for one-on-one sharing or for inciting a room full of giggles at storytime." Kirkus Reviews

"Johnson’s naive-style paintings are a neat match to the silly outcomes that could easily emerge from any kid’s imagination." Booklist

"Fresh, unpredictable, and squarely in a toddler’s humor wheelhouse." Horn Book