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I Dare You Not to Yawn Hardcover – March 12, 2013


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (March 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763650706
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763650704
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.4 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“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

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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

More About the Author

Hélène Boudreau is the author of the picture book I DARE YOU NOT TO YAWN (Candlewick) and the tween series REAL MERMAIDS (Sourcebooks/Jabberwocky) as well as other books for children and young adults.

Visit her at http://www.heleneboudreau.com/

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Janet Degenhardt on January 14, 2014
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The children at my preschool love this story. It certainly makes you yawn as you read it. Great book for emphasizing the letter y.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lizz the Librarian on June 13, 2013
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This is really a cute book with excellent, modern illustrations. The fun of this book is participating with it and your child - can you avoid yawning, can they avoid yawning? It makes the perfect bedtime story because, as it explains, you have to go to bed if you yawn and it is impossible to avoid it while you read this book.

I also like that, even though the main character spends the book avoiding a yawn (and giving some great tips along the way), he seems happy to go to bed in the end. This sets a good example and tone for bedtime.

My only hold out on the book is something that can't be fixed - I can't read it without yawning. And I yawn ALOT reading this one!
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This is a very cute bedtime story all about yawns and how sneaky they are - if you yawn, you'll be sent right off to bed so be careful! My four year old thinks it is hilarious and often quotes it and makes jokes mimicking it. The little boy in the story provides lots of recommendations for how NOT to yawn. I think that this and "No More Yawning" are two of the best books I've seen about bedtime and related topics. I'd recommend it for any child between 2-6.
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I was not terribly impressed with this book, which is sad because it's a fun idea. The art is very stylized, but because of that there is a risk that a reader won't enjoy it--which was the case for me. The sheep were cute, but the people bugged me. The premise of the book is fun: as the main character (a little boy) talks about all the things about yawns that you shouldn't think about so that you don't yawn, it's supposed to make you think about yawning. That's great, except my kids don't know that there's any link (yet; they're pretty young). It certainly didn't make my daughter yawn. No, it made me yawn. It might be a devious trick to make parents tired instead of their kids. :P

But seriously, there are much better kids books out there.

Although I will admit that perhaps it will be more fun in the future, and if we use it as a nightly challenge to see if the kids can avoid yawning. Maybe I'll have to update my rating if things turn up over time.
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