Don't Slam the Door!by Dori Chaconas, Will Hillenbrand (Illustrator)
A slamming door may not seem like a big deal, but in this escalating tale, it can have far-reaching (and very funny) consequences — including a limping, yelping Pa; a scared, bee-stung bear; and a whole house plunged into pandemonium!/b>
Slamming the screen door sets off a comical chain of cause-and-effect in this rollicking tale of a rambunctious family.
A slamming door may not seem like a big deal, but in this escalating tale, it can have far-reaching (and very funny) consequences — including a limping, yelping Pa; a scared, bee-stung bear; and a whole house plunged into pandemonium! In lively rhyme that’s perfect for reading aloud — complemented by Will Hillenbrand’s cozy, homespun illustrations — Dori Chaconas follows a pint-size narrator as she warns her family of the ever-more-outrageous effects of their actions. But despite her valiant efforts, things keep spiraling humorously out of control. Will she ever be able to get the house back in shape?
This cause-and-effect tale with a catchy rhythm begins with a green-eyed, red-pig-tailed girl shouting: "Please don't slam the door! / Don't slam that old screen door! / A slamming door will wake the cat, / and heaven knows, we don't want that, / so please don't slam that door!" Of course, the hound dog does let the screen door slam, and the cat, unceremoniously awakened, wreaks havoc on Ma's yarn. Ma knits the tangled yarn into socks for Pa, who, disturbed by their lumpiness, bumps the bees. The chaos continues to spread, despite the girl's best efforts to rein it in, until the house is filled with frenzied animals. She shoos them all away with a stern warning NOT to slam the door on their way out! Hillenbrand's charming mixed-media illustrations place just the right amount of surprise and chagrin on the characters' faces and greatly add to the fun. The climactic spread, in which the little girl gives everyone from bees and bear to cows and cat what-for, is a marvel of composition. Begs to be read aloud one-on-one and shared in a storytime setting. (Picture book. 4-8)
- Candlewick Press
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- Product dimensions:
- 11.00(w) x 11.04(h) x 0.38(d)
- Age Range:
- 3 - 7 Years
Meet the Author
Dori Chaconas is the author of many books for young readers, including Virginnie’s Hat, illustrated by Holly Meade. “Our old slamming screen door was a welcome sound,” she ays. It signaled the arrival of family and friends. It promised the best kind of chaos.” She lives in Germantown, Wisconsin.
Will Hillenbrand is the illustrator of dozens of books for young readers, including This Little Piggy by Jane Yolen, Baby Dragon by Amy Ehrlich, and Kiss the Cow! by Phyllis Root. He lives outside of Cincinnati, Ohio.
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