They told you, but you just couldn’t listen—so the creators of Warning: Do Not Open This Book! are back with a zany monkey crew, and they need your help!
In Warning, Do Not Open This Book!, which School Library Journal called “more fun than a barrel of monkeys,” turning pages meant increased chaos and delight. Now the tables have turned, and opening the book is the only way to save the group of monkeys who are trapped between its pages. This irresistibly entertaining rescue effort puts power in the hands of the page-turner, and giggles into everyone!
“These monkeys are a RIOT! And their books are funny, too!” —Ame Dyckman
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 and Idea Jar. 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.
Matthew Forsythe is an award-winning comic book artist and illustrator. His first children’s book, My Name Is Elizabeth! by Annika Dunklee, was a named a 2011 New York Times Notable Children’s Book. His first comic, Ojingogo, was nominated for an Eisner Award and won a Doug Wight Award for Best Experimental Comic. His illustrations have appeared in many publications including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Formerly the lead designer on the animated series Adventure Time on the Cartoon Network, he now lives in Canada and is working on his next book. Visit him at ComingUpforAir.net.
As the manic animals from Warning! Do Not Open This Book! (2013) return, now exhorting readers not to close the book. A monkey with a lantern illuminating ink-black pages rejoices: "You opened the book. We're saved!" Illustrating many of the terrible things that can happen when a book is closed, Forsythe produces an alligator in a cast, a toucan with a bandaged beak, and a frightened lemur peeking from a box. A battered banana is proffered as further evidence. Stalling readers from reaching the book's end, the narrator offers to change the story. "We'll write something with a hero and heroine. You'll like it. It will be a good story!" Amusingly, the earth-toned, digitally composed illustrations depict a gorilla hunkered over a typewriter; strewn about are drafts whose only word is "banana." More bribes (that banana, now half-eaten) naturally won't deter readers from turning the pages. The panicky monkey laments: "One more page and… // THIS BOOK WILL BE // …CLOSED!" This anguished word winds up on the back cover, with small-print instructions: "You can fix this. Flip it over and…." The metafictive silliness will require the suspension of disbelief: if a closed book could hurt its characters, wouldn't a page turn inflict some minor injury?
– Kirkus, August 1, 2015
InWarning: Do Not Open This Book! Lehrhaupt begged readers not to allow theanimals in that book to escape; now, the animals plead with children to leavethis book open, so they aren’t trapped inside. Lehrhaupt’s humor is sharperthis time around, even edgy—a toucan and gator wear bandages, suggesting thatshutting a book doesn’t just trap characters, it injures them. Set againstblack backgrounds, Forsythe’s digital artwork is equally attuned to theslightly sadistic mood. As book’s end approaches, he delivers an extremeclose-up of a dewy-eyed monkey making its desperate plea to readers: “We’ll begood. Promise.”
– Publishers Weekly, September 28, 2015
Recepient of the2016 Wanda Gág Read Aloud Book Award