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Would You Rather... (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) School & Library Binding – April 1, 2003


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • School & Library Binding: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Turtleback (April 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0613879287
  • ISBN-13: 978-0613879286
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 9.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,007,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

Given the choice, we think most kids would rather read John Burningham's books than taste slug dumplings, jump in nettles, or possibly even dance with a goat. However, in the delightfully silly Would You Rather..., readers are invited to play with these and many other ideas--absurd, gross, or tantalizing. A small mop-topped child lets his imagination run away with such personal challenges as, "Would you rather have supper in a castle, breakfast in a balloon, or tea on the river?" The oversized format is perfect for reading aloud, as long as the reader allows plenty of time for the audience to peruse the award-winning author-illustrator's humorous pictures (in one spread, the protagonist looks like he'd rather be anywhere but here as he is systematically crushed by a snake, swallowed by a fish, eaten by a crocodile, and sat on by a rhinoceros). For TV-weary children who have seen cartoon characters squashed and revived a thousand times, the nightmarish aspects of this reprinted 1978 charmer will not be overly alarming, but the faint of heart may want to look elsewhere for a soothing bedtime story... perhaps Burningham's own Hushabye? (Ages 4 to 7) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly

"Would you rather... your dad did a dance at school or your mom made a fuss in a cafe?" John Burningham poses many more questions in Would You Rather... Humorous (and thought-provoking) vignettes accompany each possibility.

Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I think this is a wondeful children's book.
sam ferguson
Children love to make their own choices, even if it is something yucky, it is fun to be grossed out!!!!
A. bayes
Captures his sense of humor and his curiosity about the world.
Jeanne

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Allen on August 24, 2003
Format: Hardcover
As a researcher and educator in the field of whole brain learning, I have to say I've loved this book for 25 years. Children 4-8 years old are not "undone" by the scenarios involved, rather they are delighted by guided choices that tantalize the right hemisphere where one imagines and generate energy in structures in the brain referred to as the limbic system. Perhaps some adults react with displeasure to the offerings, but children do not unless they are "trained" to react negatively to the ideas because of adult perceptions. Brainwise, children are NOT simply little adults. If you really want this book to have a true whole brain impact, do not display the illustrations until after a child has made a choice!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 24, 2004
Format: Paperback
A year ago my family discovered this wonderful book and my kids and I all love it. They howl with glee over the disgusting choices, and ponder thoughtfully over the more enjoyable choices. There is always much discussion and explanation of preferences, the pros and cons of being pulled through the mud by a dog versus being covered in jam, or whether having a koala bear you can read to or a pig you can ride on would be more fun.
This is one of the few books of my experience that transcends both sex and age - both my sons and my daughter, ranging from 3 -8 years all enjoy it, making it a rare commodity: something they can all agree on.
But the best part is that now the kids love to make up their own "would you rathers". This has become a favorite car game, and I love the creativity and imagination they put into it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By sam ferguson on March 24, 2005
Format: Paperback
I am delighted to see this book is available in reprint. I was lucky enough to enjoy it as a child in it's original form.. and many many nights would trot off to bed with it when told there would be a bedtime story!
This book was my favorite. The illustrations are unique.. and make the reader curious about the unusual predicaments. Such fun!
I think this is a wondeful children's book. And I am very happy to see that the new generation has an opportunity to enjoy it too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 17, 2002
Format: Paperback
This is a great book to use with students. Read them the story and have them write their own "would you rathers".
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dorothy Menosky on April 3, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is a book of choices - choices that are not always so wonderful. Even so, the choosing is fun. Young children can learn about selecting the "lesser of two (or three or four) evils." When used with a group of readers, the idea of consensus can be examined.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thraxter on March 21, 2006
Format: School & Library Binding Verified Purchase
This book ranges from the silly to the odd. It all depends on how comfortable you (or your kids) are with kid fears. It gets a little gross at times, but if you are comfortable with it, it can be fun. I know 3 boys (ages 3-5) who really enjoyed the ick factor of this book. It is also a really good springboard for discussions about making choices, especially for kids who see things in black and white. There are a lot of grey areas here.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. bayes on January 11, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful book. It was my favorite when I was child.

I am now a parent and a Children's Librarian and the book is still just as good now as it was in the 1970's. Children love to make their own choices, even if it is something yucky, it is fun to be grossed out!!!! Not only does it entertain it makes children think!! Great book!
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By Jeanne on March 15, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I always read this to my 3-4 yr old preschool classes and it was always a huge hit. Kids love to laugh at the silly situations but it also encourage conversation as children verbalize why they make their choices. It's also such fun to see who chooses different things….'you'd rather eat slug stew?"
Now my 4yr old grandson loves this book. Captures his sense of humor and his curiosity about the world.

Hard to find now since it's out of print.
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