That is NOT a Good Idea!
Balzer & Bray, 2013
FORMAT: Picture Book
AGES: Preschool, Elementary School
One day a fox and a goose see each other across the street. [Yup, the goose and the fox are in a street…and they have clothes and other things that personify them. And the fox is dressed in a dapper suit that makes he seem like the sort that gets his way, a lot. And the goose only has a kerchief tied on her head and a basket. Totally giving off the “peasant” look.] So they see each other and the pages cut to black with some words…reminiscent of an old silent film’s black screen with the text printed in white. [It totally makes me think that the organ music will start any second.] The fox proceeds to invite the goose to go on a stroll, then to his house, then to have dinner. The goose agrees to each of these suggestions. After each suggestion a progressively larger number of chicks tell everyone [us as well as the fox/goose duo] that “That is NOT a good idea!” But the two are headless of what the chicks say and the melodrama continues. [I only wish the fox could have twirled a mustache like any of the famous villains in melodramas…like Babe’s in Toyland‘s Barnaby. The fox totally needed a mustache, and some train tracks. And the “dun, dun, dun, dun, DUN” music in the background.]
And then there is the ending. It made me laugh. It made my nieces and nephews laugh. In fact, their first reaction was to immediately read the book again because they HAD to read it again once they knew the ending. Because some things are that good…and this one is. Seriously, you all need to read this book. Sooner rather than later. You will be glad you did!
What to do after reading this book:
Talk about what other things are “not a good idea”.Talk about why you shouldn’t go “home” with a stranger. Come up with a secret word or two to keep everyone safe.
Make some soup together.
Play fox and goose and see who can outsmart each other.
Draw a picture of the fox and the goose…and the cute little chicks.
Rent an old-fashioned melodrama silent movie and watch it together.