Don't

Don't

Written by: Trochatos, Litsa
Illustrated by: Johnson, Virginia
ages 0 to 3 / grades P and up

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.

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.

Published By Groundwood Books Ltd — Sep 24, 2014
Specifications 24 pages | 8.75 in x 8.75 in
Written By 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.
Illustrated by Virginia Johnson is a well-known textile designer who creates beautiful colorful prints for clothing and home furnishings. She has also illustrated This New Baby by Teddy Jam.
Audience ages 0 to 3 / grades P and up
Reading Levels Reading Recovery 13-14
Guided Reading I

Commended, OLA Best Bets (Picture Books, Honorable Mention), 2015

“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

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

“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

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

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