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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (August 27, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442435828
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442435827
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1-Children won't be able to resist the urge to turn the page as they wade through caution tape, warning signs, and scenes of chaos. The madcap mayhem includes monkeys stealing the illustrator's tools to paint their own drippy forest, a flock of swooping toucans, and an alligator sprawled across several spreads. Only the introduction of a banana trap can possibly save the story. The witty text is direct, and the art soars and leaps as much as the animals. Forsythe's digital art features a subtle palette of browns and grays and the characters are rendered in a bold contemporary style with simple broad strokes. In the grand tradition of books that warn children away from reading them, such as John Perry's The Book That Eats People (Tricycle, 2009), this one invites readers into the action. More fun than a barrel of monkeys.-Marge Loch-Wouters, La Crosse Public Library, WIα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From Booklist

Reverse psychology runs rampant in this amusing collaboration between first-time author Lehrhaupt and award-winning illustrator Forsythe. Opening this book is like venturing into a cordoned-off danger zone. Those who disobey the cover threats are met with four pages of comically dire signs: “Come On . . . Seriously?” and “I Guess You Don’t Mind Being Mauled by Monkeys.” There’s a catch-your-breath moment after the reader turns the next page, quickly followed by a riot of monkeys barreling across a double-page spread, toting paints, crayons, and a guitar. The narrator implores the reader to get out before things get worse. And they do get worse, with the destructive monkeys being followed by toucans and an alligator that opens his jaws very, very wide. At last, the narrator supplies the reader with an ingenious way to lure the whole zoo back into the confines of the book. The earth-tone digital illustrations well replicate the messy monkey business of painting all over the trees and pages, and the playful arrangement of text adds greatly to the book’s mayhem. Wonderful chaos. Preschool-Grade 2. --Connie Fletcher

More About the Author

Adam Lehrhaupt has traveled to six continents, performed on Broadway, and lived on a communal farm. He firmly believes that opening a book is a good thing, even if there are monkeys in it. Adam currently lives in the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA, with his wife and two sons. Warning: Do Not Open This Book! is his first picture book.

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I ordered this book for 2 of my grandchildren and they immediately loved it!
Patricia T. Nickell
Great fun for story time for kids and a lot of fun for adults to read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J.Prather TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 5, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
This book surprised me! Sometimes when I read through a picture book, I think that it might be great for a story time crowd, but honestly, it's hard to know. I looked through this one and thought just maybe.... I have of course seen many books of this type, and am always on the lookout for any book that invites audience participation. With this one I had a couple of reservations. The colors aren't very bright. Would the kids be able to appreciate the monkey mayhem going on in these pages? The ending can be a bit tricky, so would they get the whole bait and trap concept?

This one was a big hit! The kids were interested in the illustrations, and I had no trouble keeping them engaged through the wordless spreads. They totally got the ending, to the point where they wanted me to open the book up again at the end of story time to see if the monkeys were still trapped inside!

While I was of course excited at the story time response, I think this would also be a fine addition to any personal collection. The illustrations are chocked full of clever nuances that are only to be discovered with repeat viewings. A spirited reading of this one will most likely guarantee lots of requests for repeats. This one is going into my permanent story time collection and is an enthusiastic recommend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patricia T. Nickell on April 14, 2014
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I ordered this book for 2 of my grandchildren and they immediately loved it! (Ages 3 and 5). We all read it to them multiple times--almost daily! It's a fun book to read out loud and the illustrations are very nice too!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By GO on February 25, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Fun kids book with audience participation. My 2 year old son loved it. Even my 11 year old son thought it was entertaining. He laughed from the start after opening the cover of the book. It’s reverse psychology—“Do not open this book!” of course that’s exactly what you do—open the book. Since we did not heed the warning we were greeted with signs like “Come on…seriously?” and next to a skull another one read “Here is the last guy who read this book.” It was as if we ignored caution tape and entered a danger zone. Throughout the book there were more warnings to stop before things got worse. My youngest son looks at the book every day. He sings a taunting melody (similar to “Jaws”) until he sees a monkey on the loose, then he laughs on every other page after that as he sees monkeys jumping, painting, and playing the guitar. He likes to scream in mock terror when he sees the jaws of the alligator which he thinks is a dinosaur so he yells out “Di!” At the end he quickly closes the book and says “Bye.”
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Gordon on January 28, 2014
Format: Hardcover
My 3 year old loved it and she told me that we have to quietly close the book at the end when we set the trap so that we didn't wake up her baby sister.
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By Rae on April 3, 2014
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This book has my 5 year old highly animated, jumping around the room like a monkey and expanding upon the content as we read it. It has captured his interest more than any book we have bought for a long time. We love this book.
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By The Jenny Evolution on March 2, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Storytime isn’t always about hugs and cuddles. Sometimes it’s about giggles, laughter and just plain silliness! Even though we are warned time and again not to keep reading this book, we just can’t help ourselves.

My boys absolutely loved this book. They were laughing out loud and anxiously waited to see what was going to happen on the next page, which included monkeys, toucans and even alligators! Great fun for story time for kids and a lot of fun for adults to read.
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By mfu_11 on January 17, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This book is so much fun! There are a couple pages of warnings, telling the reader to close the book before the monkeys escape. But, of course, I kept turning the pages, ignored the warnings, and the monkeys got lose! They wreaked havoc on the pages, which was highly amusing. Then there’s the chance to put right what I did wrong by continuing to read with a plan to capture the monkeys! Absolutely brilliant. I can see children and adults both adoring this book. The painterly illustrations in earthy tones (red, yellows, browns) are wonderful and packed with excitement and activity. It’s simple, funny, and a really enjoyable read. But do proceed with caution!
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By Chaiam Yankel's bubbie on November 20, 2013
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My grandkids enjoyed this book. The younger one (age 3) was fearful and didn't want me to open the book, but after we read it through a few times, he got the hang of it and enjoyed it. I'm still confused about how the "trap" at the end "works," but otherwise this is a fun book. Illustrations are 5 stars. But this book is not literature.
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