Hey y’all! As you know I absolutely LOVE picture books. I have to admit I’m a little sad that Mays is growing out of them. Anyway, I thought I would do a review of a recent picture book that I received.
Don’t Ever Look Behind Door 32 by B.C.R. Fegan Illustrated by Lenny Wen is about a (presumably) brother and sister who are staying in the mysterious Hotel Hoo under the supervision of Mr. Nicholas Noo (adorable right). They wander through the hotel with the only instruction to not look behind door 32. As the two children look in each room they encounter vampire mermaids, trolls, and other mythical and magical creatures. But what could possibly be behind door 32?
This book goes over numbers 1-32 in a fun and inventive way. It’s written in a rhyming style (think Dr. Seuss) where you have to catch the rhythm for the book to really flow. I really enjoyed the art style of the illustrations. The big eyes of the main boy and girl adorable, and the mysterious Mr. Nicholas Noo has a friendly but mysterious appearance about him. I asked Mays, my 9 year old, what he thought of the book and he said that it was funny and cute. So there’s that too. This would be an excellent book to read aloud with your child or for you to take turns reading sentences for early readers. I can see this definitely being a bed time favorite. I think this book can be used not only to go over numbers but also to lay the foundation for boundaries and following directions.
There weren’t many cons about the book. One for me is the number 32 is kind of arbitrary and the ending (from an adult’s standpoint) was kind of dumb, but I see it’s merits for children. There really wasn’t anything that I didn’t enjoy about this picture book.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this book to parents looking for a unique picture book that has the same nostalgic feel as the picture books from their youth. This is also a good way to introduce young readers (ages 3-8) to numbers beyond 1-10.
Here is a link to pick up the book on Amazon.
******I was sent this book free for a free and honest review. These opinions are mine.*****
What are some recent picture books that you have read? Let’s chat in the comments.
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