Stop Reading This Book! Paperback – Oct. 7 2019
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- Paperback : 36 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1988761417
- ISBN-13 : 978-1988761411
- Product Dimensions : 21.72 x 0.43 x 27.86 cm
- Publisher : Common Deer Press (Oct. 7 2019)
- Item Weight : 181 g
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #237,805 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
ONCE UPON A ...
YOU? NOT YOU!
IT IS MY DUTY TO PROTECT THE PAGES OF
THIS BOOK FROM TROUBLEMAKERS LIKE YOU.
STOP READING THIS BOOK.
IS SOMEONE HELPING YOU READ THIS BOOK? ASK
THEM TO STOP RIGHT NOW, PLEASE AND THANK YOU.
THINK OF ALL THE OTHER THINGS YOU COULD BE
DOING RIGHT THIS VERY MINUTE INSTEAD OF READING.
COUNTING PENCILS, LINING UP SHOES, FOLDING UNDERWEAR.
THANK YOU FOR CLOSING –
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, the book’s logic being:
HEROES ARE BRAVE AND SMART. AND YOU?
WELL, YOU’RE THE OPPOSITE OF A HERO
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. In the event you are being read-to by someone, the book even addresses that individual.
Dear person who is helping to
read this book,
This book is not
When the book posits the idea that your continued reading may be because you find the text too easy, 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. Because you still do not stop, the book is forced into making a reassessment:
YOU’RE NOT A TROUBLEMAKER AFTER ALL.
I GUESS YOU CAN’T JUDGE A READER BY THEIR COVER!
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. (Dave Jenkinson, Dave Jenkinson, CM’s editor, lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba. CM: Canadian Review of Materials, Volume XXV / Issue 38 - June 7 / 2019)
Children are tricked into reading by a book which tries on every page to discourage
the child from reading the next page. The book is a character in the story and feels that the child reader is a troublemaker. This only fuels the child’s desire to read on. By the end of the tale, the Book decides that the child is really not a troublemaker
after all. Instead he says” I guess you can’t judge a reader by their cover”
The author uses this clever trick to encourage children to read and to learn how much fun reading can be. The illustrations are very amusing and lively. This is a very original and diverting way to encourage children to read.
Thematic Links: Reading; Persistence;
Motivating Reading (Isobel Lang Resource Links, October 2019 Volume 25, Number 1)
About the Author
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.
From the Publisher
Stop Reading This Book!
A heart-warming, comedic introduction to reading.
Using reverse psychology and humor, Stop Reading This Book! motivates readers to overcome challenges.
Shannon O’Toole’s acrylic illustrations encourage young readers to interact with the book and its characters.
As the book questions the true intentions of the reader, the reader learns that first impressions aren’t always what they seem.
About The Creators
Caroline Fernandez is the creator of ParentClub.ca and her first book, Boredom Busters: Over 50 Awesome Activities for Children Aged 7 years + was a Silver Birch Non-Fiction Honour Book.
Shannon O’Toole is an illustrator, painter, and elementary school teacher. She has exhibited her artwork in galleries across Ontario.
Caroline and Shannon have also collaborated on The Adventures of Grandmasaurus (Common Deer Press, 2020).