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Don't Push the Button!
     

Don't Push the Button!

4.3 8
by Bill Cotter
 

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There's only one rule in Larry's book: don't push the button.

(Seriously, don't even think about it!)

Even if it does look kind of nice, you must never push the button. Who knows what would happen?

Okay, quick. No one is looking... push the button.

Uh, oh.

Overview

There's only one rule in Larry's book: don't push the button.

(Seriously, don't even think about it!)

Even if it does look kind of nice, you must never push the button. Who knows what would happen?

Okay, quick. No one is looking... push the button.

Uh, oh.

Editorial Reviews

There are buttons to push and buttons not to push. The button in Bill Cotter's debut book should never be pushed—but let's face it: No young reader can ever resist an authorial warning!

From the Publisher
""There's still monstrous fun to be had in Don't Push The Button! . . . interactive, silly, and just plain good fun. The simple but colorful illustrations are absolutely fitting for the idea of the book and the age of the readers." " - Parenthood.com

""Kids have fun pushing the button, shaking the book, and scratching Larry's tummy. This is a winner for reading aloud to a group." " - Atlanta Parent

School Library Journal
11/01/2013
PreS-Gr 2—A rounded purple monster named Larry hosts this interactive picture book. Throughout, he dominates the right-hand pages, while a giant red button lives on the left. He begins by insisting that readers not push the button, but he soon seems conflicted about this rule: "It does look pretty nice though. I wonder what would happen if we pushed it." Doing so causes Larry to change colors and even multiply. Getting him back to normal requires the assistance of a helpful guidebook called, "So You've Pushed the Button." The flat art falls short, and the figures are often confusingly out of focus. For a better-developed and more polished look at this interactive concept, stick with Hervé Tullet's Press Here (Chronicle, 2011).—Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MA
Kirkus Reviews
2013-10-01
There is only one rule: Don't push the button. Larry is a rounded purple monster, similar to McDonald's Grimace but with horns. He stands alone on the page, next to a single red button across the gutter. Red buttons almost always signal danger, but an unmarked button is also impossible to resist. Larry tells readers to not push the button. He comes in closer and growls, "Seriously. Don't even THINK about it." But then Larry experiences some inner turmoil. That button does look awfully tempting….He whispers in a conspiratorial tone, "Psst! No one is looking. You should give the button one little push." With the turn of the page, Larry has turned yellow! Thus begins a familiar romp in which readers are given directions, and poor Larry gains spots and then multiplies into many other monsters. The urgency, desperation and dire pleas contradict a child's natural curiosity (and perhaps the ever-tempting urge to do what is forbidden). Have we seen this shtick before? Yes. Has it been done in a more engaging, creative way? Yes. (See Press Here, by Hervé Tullet, 2011). But will kids care? No. They will still laugh. At least the red button doesn't initiate the self-destruct sequence--though many more stories of this ilk may cause a market implosion. (Picture book. 2-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402287466
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
11/01/2013
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
14,006
Product dimensions:
9.88(w) x 9.64(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
190L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

BILL COTTER grew up in Rocky River, Ohio. After graduating from art school, he moved to New York City, and worked as a Pre-K art and music teacher in Manhattan. Bill currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland, where he spends days doodling and hanging out with his basset hound named Goober. Visit billcotter.com for more.

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Don't Push the Button! 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
CanadaInker4 More than 1 year ago
This fun, interactive book stars Larry, the purple monster.  He is friendly, happy and completely non-threatening.  He is having a meltdown because he has privy to a red button and he knows you are not to push it.  He agonizes over the fact that that button is off limits...but oh he wants you to push it sooooooo badly.  He tempts the reader to just give it a little tap and of course when that happens Larry's world changes.  His beautiful purple turns him yellow, them gives him spots and then multiplies him.  Larry gives the reader verbal instructions:  push button, push it twice, shake the book, scratch his tummy, all in the hope of turning him back to normal again.  Kids will love this book and the fact that they can interact with this adorable little monster.  The illustrations are big and vibrant and very expressive.   Toddlers and pre-schoolers will giggle and laugh as they are instructed to work with Larry to change him back.  The suspense and tension Cotter builds up pushes the narrative forward in such a fun, entertaining way.   The premise is very similar to "The Monster at the End of This Book", starring Lovable, Furry Old Grover and "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus," but no matter how many ways this dilemma is portrayed it is always a hoot and kids just love it. I particularly liked Bill Cotters dedication:  To Mom and Dad                                                                     for always encouraging me                                                                     even when I was pushing                                                                      their buttons.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's a very cute, fun and engaging book. It's hard for my son to sit down and listen to me read him a book. Although with this book it keeps him engaged pushing the button and laughing. We absolutely love this book. From my 9 yr old to my 3 yr old
MomsChoiceAwards More than 1 year ago
A recipient of the Mom's Choice Awards! The Mom's Choice Awards® (MCA) evaluates products and services created for parents and educators and is globally recognized for establishing the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. Using a rigorous evaluation process, entries are scored on a number of elements including production quality, design, educational value, entertainment value, originality, appeal and cost. Around the world, parents, educators, retailers and members of the media trust the MCA Honoring Excellence seal when selecting quality products and services for families and children.
Marcia_Cox More than 1 year ago
My Grandchildren love this book. We read it all the time. They can't wait to push the button. And when it comes time to shake the book, they do it singing "Shake Your Booty." My grandchildren are ages 3 and 4.
VBartles More than 1 year ago
A new family favorite with the feel of an old classic! DON'T PUSH THE BUTTON! by Bill Cotter was a fun, silly read-aloud book that left my whole family in fits of giggles.  Larry's book has one rule: DON'T push the button! (Seriously, don't even think about it!) But as soon as someone tells us DON'T, we automatically want to try it. And eventually, everyone knows we're going to push the button. But when we do, all kinds of mayhem occurs. When I got a copy of this book from NetGalley to review, I giggled my way through it twice on my own, and then gathered my family together and read it to them as well. DON'T PUSH THE BUTTON was cute and clever, with the same feel as the classic THE MONSTER AT THE END OF THIS BOOK, where the child is invited to participate in the story by reacting to (and disregarding) the instructions of the narrator. It brought back happy memories of my own childhood story times as I read together with my children. Even my teens and husband wanted to read it again when we were through! This is definitely one we're putting on our "we must purchase a physical copy of this book" list! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I watch a group of three, four and five year olds as they were being read this book. Their expressions and reactions said it all! What fun they had pushing the buttons and watching what happens with the turn of each page. I highly recommend this book for the child in your life. Fun for all!
AnneF More than 1 year ago
I do Storytimes, and this was a HUGE hit with the young crowd. Great monster--Harry--who you have to have a voice for. And everyone will want to press the button!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a pathetic ripoff of Herve Tulle's brilliant and original "Press Here"! Shame on you, wannabe author. And shame on B&N for endorsing the fraud!