This cleverly conceived board book appeals to a young child’s sense of fun while providing facts about different animals. A series of impossible but delightful-to-imagine cautionary statements are followed by informative explanations:
Don’t take a bath with a pig.
It loves wallowing in the mud.
Don’t start a food fight with an octopus.
It has six more arms than you do.
The simplicity and humor in the text and watercolor illustrations will make this book a story-time favorite.
Litsa Trochatos is an interior designer who also enjoys painting and photography. She was inspired to write this story — her first book — when her young nephew was born.
Virginia Johnson is a well-known textile designer who creates beautiful, colorful prints for clothing and home furnishings. She has also illustrated This New Baby by Teddy Jam.
Fresh, unpredictable, and squarely in a toddler’s humor wheelhouse.
Litsa Trochatos’ don’t-instructions are most definitely delightful, goofy entertainment for all ages . . . Even more funny-bone tickling, though, are Virginia Johnson’s irreverent illustrations.
Johnson’s naive-style paintings are a neat match to the silly outcomes that could easily emerge from any kid’s imagination.
How refreshing and sensible. . . . Now if only all the don'ts in the world were as intelligent.
Great for one-on-one sharing or for inciting a room full of giggles at storytime.
Trochatos debuts with a series of gently funny riddles/warnings . . . Johnson’s carefree?watercolors revel in the playful setups.
A raucous romp through all the don’ts of playing with animal friends.