I Will Not Read This Bookby Cece Meng, Joy Ang
The little boy in I Will Not Read This Book has a lot of excuses, because if there is one thing he doesn’t want to do, it’s read this book. He won’t read it even if you hang him upside down by one toe, over a cliff, with sharks down below. And you know/i>/i>
This is the story of how the ultimate reluctant reader became a book lover.
The little boy in I Will Not Read This Book has a lot of excuses, because if there is one thing he doesn’t want to do, it’s read this book. He won’t read it even if you hang him upside down by one toe, over a cliff, with sharks down below. And you know what? You. Can’t. Make. Him. In this book illustrated with wit and whimsy by Joy Ang, Cece Meng delivers once again with a pitch-perfect reluctant reader who is finally convinced to read the book if—and only if—someone he loves will read it with him.
"Oh, yes, you will read this book. You’ll be reeled in by the feisty, angular, frequently exciting digital illustrations, not to mention that confrontational title."—Booklist "Suggest[s] that sharing a book with a parent can be reassuring, and [the] cheerful use of imagination makes for an enjoyable read." —School Library Journal
In an appeal to reluctant readers, Meng's cumulative text will provoke laughter as read-aloud fare.
Delay tactics open the story: A boy refuses to read his book, saying, "I have to floss my teeth and wash behind my ears and feed my fish." His real reason? "Reading is hard and I don't read fast and sometimes there are words I don't know." Eleven spreads detailing increasingly silly and extreme scenarios demonstrate his resolve through cumulative text displaying an absurdity reminiscent of Michael Ian Black's Purple Kangaroo (illustrated by Peter Brown, 2010): "I will not read this book even if you hang me upside down / by one toe / over a cliff / while tickling my feet in a rainstorm..." The boy ultimately says he will read the book if he is dropped from his imagined, precarious position hanging from the cliff—"But only if you catch me." The last page depicts mother, boy and book together, as Ang's illustration cleverly incorporates elements from the preceding spreads.
Although an engaging picture book with accomplished digital illustrations embodying a style akin to Dan Yaccarino's art, it's a shame the text lacks the control that would make it accessible to actual struggling readers. (Picture book. 3-7)
- Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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- 9.20(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)
- Age Range:
- 4 - 7 Years
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Meet the Author
Cece Meng is a school volunteer, Girl Scout leader, and gymnastics mom. She lives with her husband and their two children, a bird named Lulu, and three spotted rabbits in Santa Cruz, California.
Joy Ang is an illustrator who has worked in both the comic and gaming industries. She lives in Edmonton, and is one of the editors/creators of a comic anthology called The Anthology Project.
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