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Do Not Open (Picture Puffin Books) Paperback – June 1, 1993

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 480L (What's this?)
  • Series: Picture Puffin Books
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books (June 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140547479
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140547474
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.6 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,626,395 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By P. Crabtree on September 16, 2009
Format: Paperback
This is one of my favorite books to read to my students. The story and especially the pictures are as surprising for the reader as what's in the bottle. This is not your usual picture book for kids! I'd preview it before you read it to younger than second graders. You'll love it! I only wish there were books out there with such great pictures, excellent story, and delightful ironic ending.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Teresa on April 9, 2002
Format: School & Library Binding
After a storm Miss Moody and her cat go collecting like they always do. But this time they find a bottle with the message do not open. They decide to ignore the warning and open it only to find a genie. Miss Moody wishes that the gene would turn into a mouse and her cat eats him up.
This is a wonderful story and I really enjoyed reading it. The details about the ocean and the smell of the salty air really put me right into the book. The author really does a good job of keeping the reader in suspense about what is in the bottle. I especially liked the ending when Miss Moody tricked the genie.
I think the author was trying to convey a message that said it is ok to be adventurous but be smart. It wasn't a very wise decision to ignore the message on the bottle, but everything worked out ok because she was smart about it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By meflfm on March 21, 2001
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is an irresistible story. It's impressive how Turkle packs chills, excitement and a lesson in courage into so few pages. The pictures and text are bold, scary and reassuring all at once. We've borrowed it from the library repeatedly , over the course of three children and ten years. Now it's time to buy our own copy so one day the grandchildren can enjoy it, too!
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Format: Hardcover
I get the biggest kick out of this book and it has never failed to delight any child or group of children I have read it to. Brinton Turkle is most certainly a master story teller and with simple prose can skillfully build a suspenseful tale before she springs the somewhat tricky and surprising ending into play.

Miss Moody and her cat Captain Kidd live in a little cottage on the beach. They spend their days puttering around and beachcombing. There entire home is furnished and decorated from things they received from the sea. Miss Moody takes care of Captain Kidd and Captain Kidd takes care of the mice in their little home.

One day, after a particular bad storm, the two pals hit the beach to see what the storm has washed up. It is a bountiful day. Suddenly they spy a small bottle half buried in the sand. It has the words "DO NOT OPEN," scratched on the side. Of course Miss Moody, being typically human and possessing a very inquisitive mind, immediately opens it after hearing a tiny voice of a child saying "What do you want more than anything in the world?"

Oh my!

An evil monster is released; a really, really ugly evil monster! Miss Moody and Captain Kidd are in a real mess!

No spoilers here...you will have to read this one yourself to find out how it all turned out. I will tell you right now though that Miss Moody is a very wise little beach combing lady and that Captain Kidd is quite skilled at this job!

I love the art work in this one. Between the pleasing and laid-back pictures and the soothing text, you get the feel of the ocean, even during the storm when Miss Moody and Captain Kidd are fearful that they will be blown all the way to Halifax.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ginger on December 28, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I received this book in a timely fashion but was disappointed that it was a used library book. Would have liked to have known this as it had a plastic cover and worn pages.
The book itself is awesome. I read it to my children when they were little and even though there is a scarey monster in it, they couldn't wait to see the page where he appears! I got the book for my first g.son since his mother loved it so much. A great book for children really.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 17, 1997
Format: Paperback
I use this enchanting picture book at the end of my matter/liquid unit as a creative writing for my fourth graders and they love it! They all want to be the evil in the bottle or trap their teacher in the bottle! Even my reluctant writers love the chance to write to this book
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