This Book Will Not Be Fun – Cirocco Dunlap, illustrated by Olivier Tallec


         This Book Will Not Be Fun – Cirocco Dunlap, illustrated by Olivier Tallec, Random House, (9780399550614), 2017

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 3

Genre:  Picture Book

What did you like about the book?  A bespectacled mouse informs the reader that “This book will not be fun. I’m just going to sit in silence and wait for the book to be over.”  But soon the book is anything but boring as a flying whale floats across the page and eats the mouse’s words.  Then a “…nice, boring worm” turns out to be a “Glow-in-the -Dark Kung Fu Worm” that makes the lights go out turning the pages grayish black.  The mouse carefully crossed through several double page spreads to find a light switch.  Turning it on reveals that the stressed out mouse is now at a giant colorful dance party with all kinds of nonsensical creatures.  But then, the mouse catches the beat and begins to dance.  So he tells the reader “As promised, this book was not fun. Well, it was not fun for YOU.  I had a great time.”  The colored pencil drawings add lots of whimsy and humor to the story.  Readers will enjoy the zany fun.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book?  Readers who enjoy books such as Chester by Melanie Watt and the recently published Be Quiet! by Ryan T. Higgins will like this one.

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it?   Picture Books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles?  No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review:  7/30/17             

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