Adam Lehrhaupt

Adam Lehrhaupt’s first picture book, Warning: Do Not Open This Book!, received the E.B. White Read Aloud Honor Award, was an ALA Notable Book, and a Huffington Post Notable Book. School Library Journal called it, “More fun than a barrel of monkeys.” He is also the author of Please, Open This Book!, which was named a Wanda Gag Comstock Read Aloud Honor Book. Adam has traveled to six continents, performed on Broadway, and lived on a communal farm. He currently lives in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with his wife, sons, and two bizarre dogs. Visit him online at AdamLehrhaupt.com.

Books by this Author

I Don't Draw, I Color!
I Will Not Eat You
Please, Open This Book!
Warning: Do Not Open This Book!

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'Please, Open this Book!' by Adam Lehrhaupt

They told you, but you just couldn’t listen, could you? So the creators of 'Warning: Do Not Open This Book!' (Adam Lehrhaupt and Matt Forsythe) are back with a zany monkey crew, and they need your help!

My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Create as much as possible, love deeply, and enjoy every moment.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. On a cool sunny day, I sit in the shade of a tree at the edge of a beach. A light breeze blows across, and ruffles the pages of my book. I can hear my kids playing in the sand to my side. My wife dozes contentedly on our blanket. Birds chirp quietly in the distance. Moisture glistens as it runs down the side of my cold beverage. Yeah, that about sums it up.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. I've always been partial to the Norse gods, because they are divine, but flawed. I like the duality that is there. But, if we are talking about in a book, I'll take the tree in the Giving Tree. A selfless hero to look up to.

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. If we are talking historical literary character, I'd go with The Fool, from King Lear. This might be partially due to loving the book Fool by Christopher Moore, but I loved Lear when I studied it in college and always wondered about this character. He seems smart and put together, but he follows this raving mad man around the countryside. I'd want to know why and what he got out of it.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. I say 'like' a lot. Also, I add a lot of commas that don't need to be there. For instance, that one.

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