Don't Push the Button
Don't Push the Button
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Annotation: The only rule in Larry's book is that the reader not push the button, but when no one is looking, it may be irresistible.
Catalog Number: #5737385
Format: Board Book
All Formats: Search
Special Formats: Board Book Board Book
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc
Copyright Date: 2015
Edition Date: 2015
Pages: 24
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-492-60763-0
ISBN 13: 978-1-492-60763-2
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2014033666
Dimensions: 21 cm.
Language: English
Kirkus Reviews
There is only one rule: Don't push the button. Larry is a rounded purple monster, similar to McDonald's Grimace but with horns. He stands alone on the page, next to a single red button across the gutter. Red buttons almost always signal danger, but an unmarked button is also impossible to resist. Larry tells readers to not push the button. He comes in closer and growls, "Seriously. Don't even THINK about it." But then Larry experiences some inner turmoil. That button does look awfully tempting….He whispers in a conspiratorial tone, "Psst! No one is looking. You should give the button one little push." With the turn of the page, Larry has turned yellow! Thus begins a familiar romp in which readers are given directions, and poor Larry gains spots and then multiplies into many other monsters. The urgency, desperation and dire pleas contradict a child's natural curiosity (and perhaps the ever-tempting urge to do what is forbidden). Have we seen this shtick before? Yes. Has it been done in a more engaging, creative way? Yes. (See Press Here, by Hervé Tullet, 2011). But will kids care? No. They will still laugh. At least the red button doesn't initiate the self-destruct sequence--though many more stories of this ilk may cause a market implosion. (Picture book. 2-6)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2&12; A rounded purple monster named Larry hosts this interactive picture book. Throughout, he dominates the right-hand pages, while a giant red button lives on the left. He begins by insisting that readers not push the button, but he soon seems conflicted about this rule: "It does look pretty nice though. I wonder what would happen if we pushed it." Doing so causes Larry to change colors and even multiply. Getting him back to normal requires the assistance of a helpful guidebook called, "So You've Pushed the Button." The flat art falls short, and the figures are often confusingly out of focus. For a better-developed and more polished look at this interactive concept, stick with Herv&3; Tullet's Press Here (Chronicle, 2011).&12; Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MA
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Reading Level: 1.0
Interest Level: P-K
Lexile: AD400L

A USA TodayBestseller! There's only one rule in Larry's book: don't push the button. (Seriously, don't even think about it!) Even if it does look kind of nice, you must never push the button. Who knows what would happen? Okay, quick. No one is looking... push the button. Uh, oh.

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