I chanced upon ‘Open Very Carefully’ at the library, and was initially puzzled when I felt the gaping hole at the back of the book. I thought the book was damaged, but upon closer inspection, I realised that the hole was deliberate, and was most amused by the reason for it. I knew that Noah would be tickled by it too, so I borrowed it for him, and we’ve been reading it on a very regular basis since then.
The large hole at the back of the book
I think young children generally appreciate interactive books quite a bit, and I’ve written a couple of times about such books. (Check out these books if you’re interested: Tap to Play!, Don’t Push the Button, This Book Just Ate my Dog, and books by Herve Tullet. These were books that Noah really enjoyed and doesn’t seem to get tired of reading, even though he knows exactly what happens next.
‘Open Very Carefully’ begins innocently enough, with the introduction to ‘The Ugly Duckling’, when the narrative is suddenly interrupted by a large, green tail, lurking at the bottom of the page. We read on to discover a huge, starving crocodile, which seems to have lost his way, and enjoys eating letters and sentences as he goes along. The reader becomes co-conspirators with the ugly duckling, in an attempt to first lull the crocodile to sleep, then to make it less scary-looking, and finally, to help it escape from the book. Plenty of fun on every page!
Open Very Carefully
Noah thoroughly enjoyed doing everything the book/duckling asked of him, and I’ve caught him reading his own version of the book on his own quite a few times. He pretends to scribble on the crocodile, shakes the book with gusto, and giggles with glee when the crocodile bumps into the edge of the book. We talk about where the crocodile will turn up next every time we come to the end of the book, but can never come to a consensus!
If your child likes interactive books, this is definitely a book that you need to get your hands on. It’s so much fun to read, and has very little text on each page, so even younger readers should be able to appreciate it.
Check out the previous Friday Flips posts HERE. I’ve also created a photo album on Facebook with some other good reads, and will be updating it whenever I come across more books that we enjoy. Do pop by for a look HERE.
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