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I Dare You Not to Yawn [Hardcover]

Helene Boudreau , Serge Bloch

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March 12 2013
Just try to resist this comical — and infectious — cautionary fable that will have even bedtime-avoiders gladly snuggling up for a nightly challenge.

A yawn can land you in your pj’s and under the covers before you can blink and say "Baa baa black sheep." So clamp your mouth shut and look away from your sleepy dog, stay away from your cuddly blanket, and whatever you do, don’t think of baby orangutans stretching their long arms out for a snuggly hug. Otherwise, you might find your mouth opening wide and letting out a great big yawny yaaaaaawn — hey, you were supposed hold it in! A hilarious read-aloud that is so much fun, kids will beg for it again and again, whatever the consequences.

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Boudreau’s pacing is impeccable; Bloch’s stylish digitally colored ink illustrations amplify the text’s humor while helping to telegraph its thinly disguised subliminal message. ... Stop haranguing noncompliant children at bedtime; I Dare You Not to Yawn will put them right where you want them…though be prepared to fall under its spell, too. Resistance is futile.
—The Horn Book

About the Author

Hélène Boudreau is the author of twelve books for children and young adults, including the novels Acadian Star and Real Mermaids Don’t Wear Toe Rings as well as a popular Canadian chapter book series called Red Dune Adventures. She lives in Ontario.

Serge Bloch’s first children’s book, I Can’t Wait by Davide Cali, is an IBBY award winner and has sold more than 100,000 copies worldwide. His other credits include The Enemy, also written by Davide Cali, and several books he has written himself: Butterflies in My Stomach, You Are What You Eat, and Reach for the Stars. He divides his time between New York and Paris.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book Jan. 14 2014
By Janet Degenhardt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The children at my preschool love this story. It certainly makes you yawn as you read it. Great book for emphasizing the letter y.
4.0 out of 5 stars I took the dare ... and failed June 13 2013
By Lizz the Librarian - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is really a cute book with excellent, modern illustrations. The fun of this book is participating with it and your child - can you avoid yawning, can they avoid yawning? It makes the perfect bedtime story because, as it explains, you have to go to bed if you yawn and it is impossible to avoid it while you read this book.

I also like that, even though the main character spends the book avoiding a yawn (and giving some great tips along the way), he seems happy to go to bed in the end. This sets a good example and tone for bedtime.

My only hold out on the book is something that can't be fixed - I can't read it without yawning. And I yawn ALOT reading this one!
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and Original Bedtime Story! May 6 2013
By Seattle Mom - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is a very cute bedtime story all about yawns and how sneaky they are - if you yawn, you'll be sent right off to bed so be careful! My four year old thinks it is hilarious and often quotes it and makes jokes mimicking it. The little boy in the story provides lots of recommendations for how NOT to yawn. I think that this and "No More Yawning" are two of the best books I've seen about bedtime and related topics. I'd recommend it for any child between 2-6.
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute, but doesn't measure up to the best May 1 2013
By M. Brandon Bastian - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I was not terribly impressed with this book, which is sad because it's a fun idea. The art is very stylized, but because of that there is a risk that a reader won't enjoy it--which was the case for me. The sheep were cute, but the people bugged me. The premise of the book is fun: as the main character (a little boy) talks about all the things about yawns that you shouldn't think about so that you don't yawn, it's supposed to make you think about yawning. That's great, except my kids don't know that there's any link (yet; they're pretty young). It certainly didn't make my daughter yawn. No, it made me yawn. It might be a devious trick to make parents tired instead of their kids. :P

But seriously, there are much better kids books out there.

Although I will admit that perhaps it will be more fun in the future, and if we use it as a nightly challenge to see if the kids can avoid yawning. Maybe I'll have to update my rating if things turn up over time.
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for bedtime or story time! April 12 2013
By J. Prather - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I Dare You Not to Yawn is a fun, well written little story that is sure to have your story time audiences or your sleepy preschooler heading off to dreamland before they even know it. All about the dangers of yawning, this story capitalizes on every child's natural tendency to resist going to bed.

Our narrator states "Yawns are sneaky" and then proceeds to explain how one little yawn can lead to pajamas, bedtime stories, sleepy time songs and lights out before you even know it. My favorite moment is the totally black two page spread that features two great big eyes wondering "How did I get here?" There's a great read aloud flow to the story, and plenty of opportunity for audience interaction as you ask your story time crowd to show off their best yawns. When I read this to a group of preschoolers, I was amazed to see how many kids started yawning! The book held their attention throughout. I've tried it with three groups and been astounded each time to discover a very calm and yawny audience at the end. I think there is bedtime magic in these pages.

The illustrations are cute and expressive, with our young boy showing a wide range of emotion and sleepiness. From huge yawns that take up two pages, to his futile attempts to hold in his yawn, the illustrator does a great job of striking just the right note of whimsy as the boy bravely battles his bedtime. The use of white space and bright colors give the pictures just the right amount of energy to make them effective for group sharing.

This is a must have for bedtime themed story times or any preschoolers' personal collection. It is so much fun; it will leave you and your little ones actually looking forward to bedtime just to see who can hold in their yawns the longest. A great choice.
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