Welcome to another edition of Nonna’s Corner where I share children’s books I’ve read with my grandchildren, fondly referred to as the “Royals” Today we have Don’t Ever Look Behind Door 32, written by B.C.R. Fegan. It’s available in eBook, hardcover and oversized paperback. Come inside the Hotel of Hoo, but whatever you do, don’t ever look behind door 32.
by B.C.R. Fegan
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The magical Hotel of Hoo is a mysterious place with some very unusual occupants. As our guests explore the strange hotel, they are invited to experience everything it has to offer with just one warning... don't ever look behind door 32.
This imaginative picture book aims to take children beyond the first ten cardinal numbers, and introduces them to the patterns of counting in a fun and accessible way. With rooms to explore and unique objects to count, children will enjoy lingering on each page as they make their way closer to the forbidden door.
Don’t Ever Look Behind Door 32, written by B.C.R. Fegan and illustrated by Lenny Wen offers a suspenseful tale that teaches numbers up until thirty-two while delighting children with its colorful pages, unique creatures, and rhyming verse. My granddaughter Sophia is three and a half and could barely contain her curiosity in her hunt to discover what was behind Door 32. Baby witches casting spells, ghost chefs and elves are just some of the paranormal creatures living at Hotel of Hoo.
“In number 16 is the bathroom of gold.
The toilets look great but the seats are quite cold.
And if in the morning you find there’s a queue,
Don’t go and seek out door 32.”
I love the vocabulary building. I am not a Nonna to talk down to children and use “twenty-five cent” words to help them with their reading and comprehension skills. It thrills me when Sophia asks what a word means and then uses it. This is great for early readers and I look forward to sharing it with my grandson, Clayton. As for Sophia, she wants to read it again….
- Age Range: 3 – 8 years
- Grade Level: Kindergarten – 3
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Dani @ Perspective of a Writer
Awww this sounds excellent! My nephew and I read children books together and we just read… Don’t Touch This Book! Which he adored (forbidden you know) so I think he’d love Don’t Ever Look Behind Door 32 too! ❤️
Oh yes, that is a good one as well. Happy reading!
Suzanne @ The Bookish Libra
This sounds like such a cute book and I completely agree with you about not using 25 cent words when it comes to kids. Reading is the best way for them to add new words to their vocabulary since they actually get to see the new word being used in context.
Absolutely and yes this was a lot of fun.
Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library
This looks so fun and would be perfect for the Tornado! It sounds like it has just enough creepiness to be fun but not too much for sensitive readers. Adding this to my library list!
Yes, the build-up was fun and the results made us giggle.
oh I love how this one sounds, Nothing like something forbidden to kindle kids imagination and creativity!
Exactly. Have a great weekend Daniela.
Oh my this book sounds really adorable. “The seat is quite cold”. I love how these books word build and when you can see the joy in kids eyes when you read it. Such a lovely thing. Loved your review.
I completely agree. Thank you!
Tyler H. Jolley
I agree, I never talked down to my kids either. Then it would crack me up when my three-year-old would say, “I’d like some milk, ACTUALLY I think I’ll have juice.” This book is awesome for building the vocab for sure.
Yes, my kids and the Royals have excellent vocabularies and for my own children, it aided their comprehension skills.
Aw, this sounds really cute. And I like when people don’t talk down to kids – they are more easily able to pick up on things if you just talk to them like a regular person.
Exactly how I feel Lauren.
Melissa (Books and Things)
Oh I love those illustrations. Must be good if it is going to be a reread. 🙂
Hehe. Yes, I almost have in memorized now.
Nicci @ Sunny Buzzy Books
This sounds lovely! I really miss snuggling up with my kiddo and reading books like these… He’s onto books like Percy Jackson now and prefers to listen to the audiobooks rather than snuggle up and read with his mum. 🙁
Maybe if we ever get around to having number 2 I’ll have a captive audience to read books like this again, lol.
There are always grandbabies. The Royals are enabling me to do it all over again.
Love the concept, and the illustrations look awesome! Thanks for the post!!!
This one was fun Angela.
This looks so cute! I bet Finn would love it.
I hope you both get to read it 🙂
Aww, this sounds like a very cute book. Plus those cover looks like the characters in the Despicable Me movie 🙂
It kinda does. We loved this one.