I Dare You Not to Yawn Hardcover – Mar 12 2013
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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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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!
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.
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.