Wednesday, June 5, 2013

That Is NOT a Good Idea!

Well, he’s done it again, folks! Mo Willems, three-time Caldecott honoree and author of the Pigeon, Knuffle Bunny, and Elephant & Piggie series, has written another gem. Like his other books, this one is a must-read!

That Is NOT a Good Idea! is illustrated like an old silent movie and tells the story of a hungry fox, a plump goose, and some nervous baby geese. After spotting the goose, and clearly getting excited about the possibility of gobbling her up for dinner, the fox says: “Excuse me. Would you care to go for a stroll?” The blushing goose replies: “Um…sure!” Hearing this exchange, the baby geese warn: “That is NOT a good idea!”

And so the story continues, with each of the fox’s questions sounding a little more ominous than the last, each of the goose’s responses sounding progressively more excited, and each of the baby geese’s warnings sounding increasingly serious. Finally, just when you’re sure that you know exactly what’s about to happen, the book takes a sudden and hilarious turn. I won't reveal the surprise ending, but I will say that, in my opinion, That Is NOT a Good Idea! is one of Willems’ BEST ideas yet!

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