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Would you rather have supper in a castle, breakfast in a balloon, or tea on the river? Would you rather be made to eat spider stew, taste slug dumplings, chew mashed worms, or drink a snail shake? In a series of challenges inspired by the beloved game Top That!, John Burningham lets readers' imaginations soar with propositions from the whimsical to the outrageous. Here is a surefire giggle-getter for storytime, perfect for sharing with any child who's ever wanted to do something...
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Would you rather have supper in a castle, breakfast in a balloon, or tea on the river? Would you rather be made to eat spider stew, taste slug dumplings, chew mashed worms, or drink a snail shake? In a series of challenges inspired by the beloved game Top That!, John Burningham lets readers' imaginations soar with propositions from the whimsical to the outrageous. Here is a surefire giggle-getter for storytime, perfect for sharing with any child who's ever wanted to do something completely out of the ordinary.

Author Biography: John Burningham is the award-winning author-illustrator of many books for children including Harvey Slumfenburger's Christmas Present, Mr. Gumpy's Outing, Cloudland, and Whaddayamean. He lives in England.

A series of comical choices such as, "Would you rather eat spider stew or slug dumplings or mashed worms?" ends with an invitation to bedtime.

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Kathleen Odean
Would you rather an elephant drank your bathwater or a hippo slept in your bed? With the sort of questions children like to ponder, this oversized picture book will get imaginations in gear, offering funny, strange and scary choices. The curly-haired child in the watercolors often reacts with a deadpan expression to options like living in a fishbowl, leaving readers to make decisions themselves. This wonderful book may prompt children to come up with their own creative questions.
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Would you rather an elephant drank your bathwater or a hippo slept in your bed? With the sort of questions children like to ponder, this oversized picture book will get imaginations in gear, offering funny, strange and scary choices. The curly-haired child in the watercolors often reacts with a deadpan expression to options like living in a fishbowl, leaving readers to make decisions themselves. This wonderful book may prompt children to come up with their own creative questions. —Kathleen Odean
Publishers Weekly
"Would you rather... your dad did a dance at school or your mom made a fuss in a cafe?" Burningham poses this and many more questions for which "humorous (and thought-provoking) vignettes accompany each possibility," wrote PW. Ages 5-8. (Mar.)
Children's Literature
It's such a pleasure to have this book of ludicrous choices back on the laughter circuit. Once again you can choose whether you'd rather be covered in jam, soaked with water, or pulled through the mud by a dog. Or maybe you could choose whether to eat spider stew, slug dumplings, or mashed worms? The silly text occasions plenty of talk and Burningham's deadpan redheaded child goes through the possibilities without loosing his cool. The text's changes include being unhelpfully Americanized (from brambles to nettles), updated (from swallowing a dead frog for
— Susan Hepler
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781587171352
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 2/28/2002
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 1.00 (w) x 1.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

John Burningham is the award-winning author-illustrator of many books for children including Harvey Slumfenburger's Christmas Present, Mr. Gumpy's Outing, Cloudland, and Whaddayamean. He lives in England.

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  • Posted June 12, 2012

    A delightful book that children love!!

    "Would You Rather" is a book I have used in my classroom for over 20 years. It lets children make choices and when we are finished reading it they make their own "Would You Rather" book. As an adult I love the book and have used it with 1st grade through 6th grade which all were so impressed with! Buy it as you will love it!!

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