Saturday, August 10, 2013

Review #1613 That is Not a Good Idea! by Mo Willems

Review: #1613
Book: That is Not a Good Idea!
Author: Mo Willems
Rating: three stars (out of four)
Release date: Apr. 23, 2013
Publisher: Blazer + Bray
Pages: 48
Source: own

I'm pretty sure I get excited whenever I see a new Mo Willems book set to hit the shelves. In this book, I especially loved how you could tell immediately what the central conflict would be just from looking at the cover and seeing the Goose and Fox. Clever, oh so clever, Mo.

The book's style was engaging and amusing - I especially liked how it was reminiscent of old-fashioned silent movies. It featured black and white captions every couple of pages to let you know what was going on, just like a silent film. The little chicks who kept popping up were so good as building up the tension because you could tell something was going to happen and you just KNEW the outcome might not be pretty.

But, if you're a long-time reader of Mo Willems, you know things are not always as they seem and he's quite fond of surprising endings. I'm typically amused by how he wraps things up in unexpected ways. I also love looking at every page to see where The Pigeon will show up. I love that he's included that easter egg in his picture books. I think this story is delightful. I can easily picture kids and adults enjoying the story together. Definitely check it out!

1 comment:

  1. Have you seen the trailer for this one? It is so cute! The first time I read it- the ending shocked me a bit, but it is absolutely one of my son's favorites!