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Children's Fiction Interactive Adventures

Stop Reading This Book!

by (author) Caroline Fernandez

illustrated by Shannon O'Toole

Common Deer Press
Initial publish date
Oct 2019
Interactive Adventures, Humorous Stories, Diversity & Multicultural, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Activity Books
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2019
    List Price
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2019
    List Price
    $10.95 USD

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 9
  • Grade: p to 3


This book tells you to Stop Reading This Book. But will you?...Here’s an idea . . . turn the left page. That way, you can go back to the beginning, close the book, and pretend you didn’t start reading this book. It would be like going back in time . . . give it a try . . . This heart-warming picture book using comedy and contradiction to urge children to read. Who is the villain—the reader or the book? In this story, the book itself perceives the reader as a mischief-maker and tries to protect its pages. It is a story of a book judging a reader by their "cover." In turning pages, the reader becomes the hero of their own story overcoming the challenges the book puts up to roadblock reading. Stop Reading This Book! introduces young readers to book elements like protagonists, antagonists, conflict, and resolution and showcases themes of child empowerment, judgment and misjudgment, marginalization and inclusivity, and persistence.

About the authors

Caroline Fernandez is a kidlit author, parenting blogger, and social media enthusiast. She is the author of two bestselling books, Boredom Busters: Over 50 Awesome Activities for Children Aged 7 years + (Cico Books, 2014 2016 Silver Birch Non-Fiction Honour Book) and More Boredom Busters: Over 50 Awesome Activities for Children Aged 7 years + (Cico Books, 2015). She is the creator of, a popular blog which shares information to make life easier for busy families. Caroline has been listed as one of Toronto's Top Mom Bloggers. Caroline lives, writes, and bakes in Toronto, Ontario.

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Shannon O'Toole is a Toronto based illustrator, painter and elementary school teacher. Her playful illustration work is inspired by the unique and humorous characters in her life. Aside from illustrating books for children, Shannon has exhibited her artwork in galleries across Ontario. When she is not drawing, Shannon can be found curled up with her dog, Edgar watching old movies. You can visit her online at or follow her on Instagram @shannonotooleart

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Editorial Reviews

Recommended We’ve all likely heard of reluctant readers, but a book that is reluctant at being read!? Well, that’s the case in Stop Reading This Book! as the book repeatedly attempts to get you to abandon reading it. The above excerpt is the text from the book’s opening two pages. As the book opens with the familiar story introduction, it recognizes its reader, you, as being a former troublemaker, and so it begins its efforts at dissuading you from continuing. You, of course, don’t, and so the book threatens you, a villain, with meeting heroes in its pages... When the appearance of heroes doesn’t work, and after providing you with guidance on how to turn the pages back to the beginning “and pretend you didn’t start reading”, the book tries other approaches. ... it increases the reading difficulty level via a number of tongue twisters that are visually abetted by O’Toole’s art. The book continues its efforts to cause you to abandon it, including fear, a challenge and a maze. Despite the book’s finally accepting you as its reader, it seemingly cannot prevent itself from still telling you not to read the closing list of 20 vocabulary words. A fun example of the use of reverse psychology to achieve a desired goal, Stop Reading This Book! will be grabbed up by reluctant and eager readers alike. Though the book is illustrated with O’Toole’s comic style illustrations, the humour resides in Fernandez’s delightful text and the book’s imaginative design which incorporates various font sizes and reader directions. A worthy addition to home, school and public libraries.

CM: Canadian Review of Materials, Volume XXV / Issue 38 - June 7 / 2019

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