Read It, Don't Eat It!

Read It, Don't Eat It!

by Ian Schoenherr

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You are holding a book.

What should you do with it?

Open it, and you will find out.

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You are holding a book.

What should you do with it?

Open it, and you will find out.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

What's almost as important as reading? Schoenherr (Cat & Mouse) tells readers that it's respecting and caring for the books themselves. An anthropomorphized animal cast, meticulously rendered in ink and acrylic-and reminiscent of vintage Golden Book characters (the girls even wear pinafores)-serve as role models of thoughtlessness. Big, friendly type, a soupçon of slapstick and a pinch of wordplay help take the sting off the scolding (which centers on library books but also applies to privately owned books). White backdrops and minimal propping encourage readers to focus all their attention on the characters' breaches of etiquette. "No dog-ears, please," admonishes the left hand side of one spread, while on the right side a puppy is caught folding down the edge of a page. "Don't censor, delete, or deface," is the warning given to a shifty-looking fox who is striking out some lines of text with a thick black marker. Simple, direct and knowingly funny, this book is worthy of a permanent spot on the desks of youth librarians everywhere. Ages 2-4. (May)

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School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1

In a picture book sure to make every librarian's heart sing, Schoenherr has created a simple rhyming primer on how to take good care of a library book. While the subject may seem didactic, the author/illustrator's charming approach will entice parents and professionals to share this title with young kids. Each spread features one simple admonition on the verso with an animal demonstrating the dreaded-or encouraged-behavior, rendered with gentle humor ("No dog-ears, please." "Find someplace else to sneeze." "Don't overdue it, just renew it."). One white, hand-lettered sentence per page is set against a bold color, and the ink and acrylic art features endearing animal library users on an expansive white space. The book is simple enough to use with preschool children and funny enough to be appreciated by early readers.-Marge Loch-Wouters, La Crosse Public Library, WI

Kirkus Reviews
The appealing cover is sure to entice young hands to reach for this preschooler's primer on how to treat books and behave in libraries. Jauntily dressed animals demonstrate 15 caveats with the fuzzy bear from the cover acting as top banana throughout. The rhyming dos and don'ts are printed in a very large font on the left page while the right side visually demonstrates: "Find someplace else to sneeze" shows a denim-wearing elephant holding a book to its mouth and sneezing through its trunk; "Be careful with it at the pool" has a hippo wearing a green-on-yellow polka-dot swimsuit holding a book while floating on a rubber raft; "Don't overdue it, just renew it" finds the bear staggering under a tall load of books. The clean ink-and-acrylic illustrations, akin to the author/illustrator's Cat and Mouse (2008), are pleasingly playful, with white type on the verso color pages contrasting with the brightly colored scenes set against white backgrounds on the recto. Ideal for preschool storytimes; librarians will love it (although they might have to explain "Don't censor, delete, or deface"). (Picture book. 2-5)
Children's Literature - Susan Borges
The wonderful rhymed phrases and charming illustrations of animated, adorable animal characters will delight young readers who choose this book. However, the clear, direct and focused message of the text may discourage young readers from reading all together! Admittedly, the message of this book is correct: It is important to take care of library books. However, the message is presented here as so overbearing and threatening, that it may discourage young readers from borrowing library books for fear of not caring for them well enough. For example, the first three pages of the book direct: "Read it, don't eat it, no dog ears please, and find someplace else to sneeze." The text's message would be better stated after an introductory phrase to welcome children to the world of reading, so that they would be eager to borrow and read library books. For young children who have demonstrated an inability to care for library books, this simple text may help prevent inappropriate behaviors. However, most beginning readers who are just learning to enjoy and appreciate books may find this simple animal story to be a turn-off to reading rather than a turn-on. Reviewer: Susan Borges

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Age Range:
2 - 4 Years

Meet the Author

Ian Schoenherr grew up near Locktown, New Jersey. He has written and illustrated three books—Read It, Don't Eat It!; Cat & Mouse; and Pip & Squeak—and illustrated numerous books by other authors, including Little Raccoon's Big Question, by Miriam Schlein. The artist lives in Woodside, New York.

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