“Yawns are like colds. They spread!” And you don’t want to catch one. If you do, your parents will have you jammied-up and shipped off to bed in no time flat. So when the cat or your big sister starts to yawn, there’s only one thing to do: “LOOK AWAY!” This picture book, which speaks directly to the audience as an instructional guide of sorts, teaches kids how to avoid the pitfalls of being sent to bed prematurely. Boudreau and Bloch work seamlessly here to deliver the funny; at one point, when the boy has been tucked in and the lights have been turned off, his wide, white eyes beam out from the pitch blackness and the text reads, “How did I get here?” Bloch’s signature ink-and-digitally colored illustrations pop on white backgrounds on some pages, while others involve patterned backgrounds and dramatic full-page, mouth-open-wide shots. With lots of yawning sound effects, share this read-aloud at bedtime (although kids will probably be too busy laughing to you-know-what). Preschool-Grade 2. --Ann Kelley
Boudreau’s pacing is impeccable; Bloch’s stylish digitally colored ink illustrations amplify the text’s humor while helping to telegraph its thinly disguised subliminal message. ... Stop haranguing noncompliant children at bedtime; I Dare You Not to Yawn
will put them right where you want them…though be prepared to fall under its spell, too. Resistance is futile.
—The Horn Book