Friday, October 25, 2013

Don't you dare......

Quote of the day:   

   "Some books are to to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.  "
                                             ~Francis Bacon

Title:  Don't Push the Button
Author/Illustrator:  Bill Cotter


This fun, interactive book stars Larry, the purple monster.  He is friendly, happy and completely non-threatening.  He is having a meltdown because he has privy to a red button and he knows you are not to push it.  He agonizes over the fact that that button is off limits...but oh he wants you to push it sooooooo badly.  He tempts the reader to just give it a little tap and of course when that happens Larry's world changes.  His beautiful purple turns him yellow, them gives him spots and then multiplies him.  Larry gives the reader verbal instructions:  push button, push it twice, shake the book, scratch his tummy, all in the hope of turning him back to normal again. 

Kids will love this book and the fact that they can interact with this adorable little monster.  The illustrations are big and vibrant and very expressive.   Toddlers and pre-schoolers will giggle and laugh as they are instructed to work with Larry to change him back.  The suspense and tension Cotter builds up pushes the narrative forward in such a fun, entertaining way.  

The premise is very similar to "The Monster at the End of This Book", starring Lovable, Furry Old Grover and "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus," but no matter how many ways this dilemma is portrayed it is always a hoot and kids just love it.

I particularly liked Bill Cotters dedication:  To Mom and Dad
                                                                    for always encouraging me
                                                                    even when I was pushing 
                                                                    their buttons.

About the author/illustrator:

Bill Cotter is an artist who lives in Brooklyn, NY. Bill spends his time teaching art and music to children, playing live music aroundthe city, and perfecting his ping pong skills. He doesn't go outside if he can help it. Visit his portfolio at

                                    Book Review Rating:   8  (Fantastic!)

Read on and read always!   Have a great day!

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