#541 – Don’t Turn the Page by Rachelle Burk & Julie Downing

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DROP EVERYTHING (YOU’RE DOING) AND READ,

D. E. A. R.

Today is Drop Everything And Read Day celebrating children’s books and reading. The folks at the official website have this to say, “Our assertion around here is that reading, whether you’re on your own or cozied up on the couch with your kids, is so much more fun and rewarding than just about anything else . . .”

So, stop what you are doing and go read with a kid or by yourself. Read and then come right back here . . . you still have this review to read. OR, BETTER YET! Read this review and then go read a book. Reading is reading, right?!

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Don’t Turn the Page!

by Rachelle Burk & Julie Downing, illustrator

Creston Books               6/10/2014

978-1-939547-06-4

Age 4 to 8              32 pages

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“Like most children, Sami puts off going to bed for as long as possible. But reading a story about Little Bear’s bedtime ritual inspires Sami, just as the young reader will be inspired by this soothing story and clever book-within-a-book conceit. A bedtime book that both parent and child will relish reading one more time, Don’t Turn the Page! features a surprise ending that reinforces the sense that it’s bedtime for everyone.”

Opening

“’How about a bedtime story?” Mama asked. Sami shook her head. “I don’t want to go to bed. I’m not tired yet.’”

The Story

Sami is not tired and not ready for bed. Mama reads her a story, but Sami only wants her to read one page. In the story, the Little Bear is yawning and getting ready for bed. After the first page, Sami said, “Don’t turn the page.” Mama places a bookmarker between the pages and closes the book. Then Sami asks a question about how bears get ready for bed, but Mama doesn’t know. They must read one more page, but only one more. Sami continues to ask questions and Mama reads the bedtime book slowly, page-by-page, and question-by-question. Soon, Sami becomes interested and allows Mama to read one more page, but only one more “don’t turn the page,” while Sami brushes her teeth. In the story, Little Bear gets a goodnight kiss from his mama.  Sami is ready and says, “Don’t turn the page.” Will Sami ever go to sleep?

Review

Don’t Turn the Page! It’s time for the review, so please do not turn the page. Sami and the bear stories are both bedtime stories about going to bed. Sami is not ready, or so she says. Her body language is saying something different. Mama is patient and seems to be letting Sami make the decisions. The story of Sami the hedgehog is simply adorable as is that of Little Bear. The two stories mirror one another. As Little Bear puts on his jammies and fuzzy slippers Sami puts on her jammies and fuzzy slippers.

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It is difficult enough to write one publishable story but the author wrote two for this picture book. The story of Little Bear could be a solo book kids would love. I suppose the question to ask is which story do you like best? That of Little Bear or of Sami Hedgehog? Kids and parents might differ but I choose them both. The illustrator did a fantastic job on both stories. Each are different in style and color. I really like the turned up page corner on Little Bear’s right side page. It is just waiting for Sami to tell her Mama to turn that page. The ending is quite a surprise and may have you thinking about reality. At the very least it will give you a huge smile, as will the back of the book.

Young children and parents will love this dual bedtime story. The story of Sami going to bed and the story of Little Bear going to bed, flow well together as you read from one story to the next. For those kids not ready for bed, not yet tired, or simply determined to stay awake, Don’t Turn the Page will send them off to where sweet dreams lay waiting. Mama, or Daddy, will enjoy ready this story in a story. The title, Don’t Turn the Page, is possibly not the best title because all you will want to do is turn the page. I’m betting your little one will want these pages turned as well. However, don’t be surprised if the new stalling tactic in your house is “Don’t Turn the Page!”

Sami brushing teethDON’T TURN THE PAGE! Text copyright © 2014 by Rachelle Burk. Illustrations copyright C) 2014 by Julie Downing. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Creston Books, Berkeley, CA.

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Learn more about Don’t Turn the Page HERE.

Buy your copy of Don’t Turn the Page at AmazonB&NCreston Booksyour local bookstore.

Meet the author Rachelle Burk at her website:   http://www.rachelleburk.blogspot.com/ 

Meet the illustrator, Julie Downing at her website:    http://www.juliedowning.com/

Find more Creston Books at the publisher’s website:    http://www.crestonbooks.co/

 

.Also by Rachelle Burk

Tree House in a Storm

Tree House in a Storm

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Also by Julie Downing

Mozart Tonight

Mozart Tonight.

No Hugs Till Saturday

No Hugs Till Saturday

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.NEW at Creston Books

Mini and Moo: Hooves of Fire

Mini and Moo: Hooves of Fire

Blood Diaries

Blood Diaries

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Both reviewed here soon!

 

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17 thoughts on “#541 – Don’t Turn the Page by Rachelle Burk & Julie Downing

    • It is a wonderful, wait which book is the great bedtime story? The story or the story in the story? Never mind, I’m too sleepy to wait for an answer. I did notice I got you a couple more times this week. What is happening with that, it is odd.

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  1. OK, first things first: I never knew about D.E.A.R. and just LOVE the idea! I’ll be checking out that site as soon as I post here 🙂 Thanks for that!

    And, I have to say—I really love well-done “goodnight’ books. I find many of them don’t really lend to sleep, but the ones that do, are wonderful. This looks like one of the wonderful ones 🙂 I happen to really like the title ’cause I find it to be a good “hook” to get people to pick it from the shelf. The premise is fresh and I would think very effective, but the thing that impresses me the most is the illustrations. The coloring and softness LENDS more to sleep, just like dim lighting. I’m definitely checking this one out! Thanks for the great review, Sue 😀

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  2. This looks like an awesome book. I like the idea of the book within the book, and the illustrations are fantastic. I don’t fight bedtime anymore, but I do love a good book to read before falling asleep. Oh, I am so glad it is D.E.A.R. Day–I needed a reason to not work and read instead. Whoopee!

    Great review, Sue.

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    • Actually, D.E.A.R. day was yesterday–I goofed on the dates. But still, it is good to read on any and every day! You should take the day off and read. Tell your boss it is a new national holiday. If you can have a boxing day why not a reading day. 🙂

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