New children's book
is downright silly fun
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 2:22 AM
You never get to do anything fun.
“Don’t Push the Button!”
Written and illustrated by Bill Cotter © 2013, Sourcebooks $16.99, 32 pages
Little kids get away with all kinds of behavior. Big kids get all the privileges. But you, at your age, you only hear "No" or "Don't" or "You can't."
It's enough to make a kid scream.
Don't go outside without a coat. No playing in mud puddles. Don't get dirty. You can't touch anything. Don't ask too many questions. No being loud. Don't fight with your sister. You can't forget your mittens. And, for sure, when you read the new book written and illustrated by Bill Cotter, "Don't Push the Button!"
Open the covers of this book and you'll be introduced to Larry.
Larry is a purple monster, but he's not scary. Not at all; he's friendly and fun and he wants you to come play with him inside this book. There's just "one rule" you'll need to follow: don't push the button.
"Seriously," says Larry. "Don't even THINK about it."
Oh, sure, it's a nice button. It's red and round and it's just sitting there on the page, waiting for something to happen. It's a plain old red button on the paper, right there all by itself. Sometimes, Larry wonders what would happen if you pushed it... but no! Don't push the button!
Then again, what if nobody was around? What would you do with that button? Larry is pretty tempted to find out but he wants you to do the dirty work. He wants you to "give the button one little push."
Uh oh. If you push the button, strange things happen to Larry. Now what? Push it again and even odder things happen. Push it "a bunch of times" and wow. Now you've really got a mess and Larry's in big trouble. He's no longer a purple monster.
But there's a way out. Larry knows what to do. There are a few steps you'll need to take to get things back to the way they were before. But only you can do it because, well, you were the one who pushed the button in the first place.
Just don't do it again. Don't push that button! (OK. Maybe just once...)
Of course, you want your child to know that books are good and reading is fun - which is why you need "Don't Push the Button!" in your house: this book is good fun.
Larry the Monster is adorable and every bit as curious as is your child. He's like a paper playmate, daring kids to do the not-so-naughty thing he's told them not to do. But author and illustrator Bill Cotter makes Larry - and the button - irresistible, and the interactive solution to what ultimately happens will make kids giggle.
Word-wise, there's not much to this book. You could probably plow through it in about five minutes, but why would you? "Don't Push the Button!" is a story that absolutely needs to be read with time on your hands and a sense of silliness. Again and again, that's something kids will really want to do.