Jan/Feb 2016 Reviews & Interviews

Open Very Carefully

Open Very Carefully
Nick Bromley and Nicola O'Byrne.
Nosy Crow. 2015. 16 pp.
ISBN 978 0 85763 592 1.

Review by Ann Skea

Buy now from Amazon! This book is a delight. It is imaginative, funny and inventive, and it deserves to become a classic, like Eric Carle's Very Hungry Caterpillar. It may be a board book, but in my family it has been enjoyed by people aged from two to eighty.

It is beautifully written and illustrated, and the whole concept— the highjacking of the traditional story of The Ugly Duckling by a fearsome crocodile trapped in the book—is surprising and scary, and never failed to thrill reader and listener alike. We had fun, too, having to rock the book and shake the book to help the small, mischievous duckling who tells the story to placate the crocodile.

Even the cover promises surprises: "Open very carefully" it says on the front. And "Go on. I dare you" on the back.

Try it. Go on, I dare you!


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