That’s Not A Good Idea! by Mo Willems

Published: 23rd April 2013Goodreads badge
Publisher:
 Balzer + Bray
Illustrator: Mo Willems
Pages: 42
Format: Paperback Picture Book
★   ★   ★   ★  – 4 Star

One day a very hungry fox meets a very plump goose. A dinner invitation is offered. 

Will dinner go as planned? Or do the dinner plans involve a secret ingredient…?

(Don’t forget to listen to the baby geese!)

This is a creative story that works on nursery rhyme tropes but does so in an interesting way. Willems subverts your expectations and plays with conceived notions, and I loved how there is the little voice of reason from the chick about the dangers and why everything that happens is really Not A Good Idea.

The illustrations cleverly resemble the book version of a silent film, complete with the black screen and decorative border. It affects the way you read it, reading the words then seeing the picture, imagining it playing out as a movie. The text is clear and conversational and Willems makes reading easy and the layout brings the words and the illustrations together.

I can see kids loving this, it’s funny and surprising and a fun read.

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