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I Dare You Not to Yawn Hardcover – March 12, 2013
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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
This is a charming bedtime story done in ink with digital colorization. The layout is very simple and uncluttered. The book will be easy to present, either one on one or in a storytime setting. With its cartoon illustrations and subtle humor, it is a fun selection.
—School Library Journal
The funny, melodramatic prose is cleverly extended by Bloch’s cartoonlike illustrations that emphasize the emotions of the little boy who is desperately trying not to yawn...Just the ticket for nap-time or bedtime sharing.
The subversive narrator, who so clearly understands the indignity and outrage of bedtime, makes a wonderful ally, and Bloch’s visual jests make this a book that promises to elicit not yawns, but guffaws.
Boudreau and Bloch work seamlessly here to deliver the funny...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.
Bloch’s lively illustrations, hand-drawn in ink and colored digitally, have the humorous, cartoonish verve of Jules Feiffer, and the ginger-haired, big-headed young narrator is amusing in his futile attempts to suppress the traitorous yawns. ... This would make a surprisingly effective introduction to a primary-grade science lesson on yawning or a good bedtime book for encouraging somnolence (if parents can get through it without succumbing to slumber themselves).
—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
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