Open Very Carefully: A Book With Bite by Nicola O’Byrne

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Open Very Carefully: A Book With Bite
Nicola O’Byrne
with words by Nick Bromley
Nosy Crow, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-7636-6163-2
FORMAT: Picture Book
AGES: Preschool
4 Stars

The story of the ugly duckling is interrupted by an unusual addition to the story…a crocodile! And he keeps trying to eat the letters, the words, and the story itself. Readers are asked to shake and lull the crocodile to sleep. But when the ugly duckling and the reader “draw” on the crocodile he wakes up, and is not happy that a pink tutu is on him. The croc is then going out of control…and he is trying to find a way out of the story…to where the reader is!

This is one of those funny, somewhat interactive stories with an ending that is just funny enough to not really be scary. However, those kiddos that don’t really know the story of the ugly duckling will need to look somewhere else to find that tale. Other than the ugly duckling being the main narrator of the story, there isn’t much else that resembles the classic tale. But that doesn’t really matter. The main point is to be alarmed by a large crocodile in the wrong place and what to do about it. Fun story!

What to do after reading this book:
Read the tale of the Ugly Duckling.
Do to a park and feed the ducks.
Visit the zoo and see the crocodiles.
Draw a picture of a small animal (like the ugly duckling) getting the best of a large animal (like a crocodile).
Re-tell a classic fairy tale or fable and add an unusual character.

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