Author(s): Adam Lehrhaupt
They told you, but you just couldn’t listen—so the creators of Warning: Do Not Open This Book! are back with a zany monkey crew, and they need your help!
In Warning, Do Not Open This Book!, which School Library Journal called “more fun than a barrel of monkeys,” turning pages meant increased chaos and delight. Now the tables have turned, and opening the book is the only way to save the group of monkeys who are trapped between its pages. This irresistibly entertaining rescue effort puts power in the hands of the page-turner, and giggles into everyone!
As the manic animals from Warning! Do Not Open This Book! (2013) return, now exhorting readers not to close the book. A monkey with a lantern illuminating ink-black pages rejoices: "You opened the book. We're saved!" Illustrating many of the terrible things that can happen when a book is closed, Forsythe produces an alligator in a cast, a toucan with a bandaged beak, and a frightened lemur peeking from a box. A battered banana is proffered as further evidence. Stalling readers from reaching the book's end, the narrator offers to change the story. "We'll write something with a hero and heroine. You'll like it. It will be a good story!" Amusingly, the earth-toned, digitally composed illustrations depict a gorilla hunkered over a typewriter; strewn about are drafts whose only word is "banana." More bribes (that banana, now half-eaten) naturally won't deter readers from turning the pages. The panicky monkey laments: "One more page and... // THIS BOOK WILL BE // ...CLOSED!" This anguished word winds up on the back cover, with small-print instructions: "You can fix this. Flip it over and..." The metafictive silliness will require the suspension of disbelief: if a closed book could hurt its characters, wouldn't a page turn inflict some minor injury? -- Kirkus August 1, 2015 InWarning: Do Not Open This Book! Lehrhaupt begged readers not to allow theanimals in that book to escape; now, the animals plead with children to leavethis book open, so they aren't trapped inside. Lehrhaupt's humor is sharperthis time around, even edgy-a toucan and gator wear bandages, suggesting thatshutting a book doesn't just trap characters, it injures them. Set againstblack backgrounds, Forsythe's digital artwork is equally attuned to theslightly sadistic mood. As book's end approaches, he delivers an extremeclose-up of a dewy-eyed monkey making its desperate plea to readers: "We'll begood. Promise." -- Publishers Weekly September 28, 2015 Recepient of the 2016 Wanda Gag Read Aloud Book Award
Adam Lehrhaupt has travelled 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, Pennsylvania, with his wife and two sons. This is his first book. Visit him at adamlehrhaupt.com. Matthew Forsythe is an award-winning comic book artist and illustrator. His first children's book, My Name Is Elizabeth! by Annika Dunklee, was a named a 2011 New York Times Notable Children's Book. His illustrations have appeared in many publications including the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. He lives in Los Angeles where he is the Lead Designer on the animated series, Adventure Time on the Cartoon Network. Visit him at comingupforair.net.