It’s time once again for Nonna’s Corner where I share books I’ve read with my grandchildren affectionately referred to as the Royals here at Caffeinated. Today we are sharing a silly book titled, This is Not That Kind of Book by Christopher Healy. Come find out what adventures we discovered.
by Christopher Healy
Illustrator: Ben Mantle
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This is a book that answers all the kids who have ever posed the question What kind of book is it?
This clever alphabet book... Wait, that's not right. This original fairy tale... Nope. Mystery? Joke book? Superhero story? Pirate adventure? This delightful mash-up features every kind of character found in the picture-book universe--all in one book. Just when the reader is convinced the story is going in one direction, it spins off in another.
Ever-changing illustrations keep pace with the rapid reversals, and the setting shifts with nearly every turn of the page. Truly inventive, here's a picture book that can be anything you want it to be!
Little Red Riding Hood, The Letter A, an apple, a robot, a hedgehog, a pirate and a detective all in the same story? What? That is exactly what you will find in This is Not That Kind of Book by Christopher Healy. Illustrated by Ben Mantle this silly story tells the tale of mixed up stories creating uncertainty, highlighting the unexpected, and perhaps exposing young minds to mixed genres.
Princess Sophia laughed at all the wrongness of the story from the landscape to the unexpected. She was perplexed by a character’s stubbornness not to accept friends because they didn’t fit into her story. I was relieved when the character showed growed and friendships formed.
While Clayton will be three in less than a month, the story was lost to him as it was a bit more complex. He however enjoyed the colorful illustrations and grew animated by his sister’s cries of, “What the heck is going on here?”
- Age Range: 3 – 7 years
- Grade Level: Preschool – 2
This sounds like so much fun — and just right for my nephews. I need to get them away from obsessing about dinosaurs.
Bwahaha, but dinosaurs are cool. Princess Sophia knows all of their names, what they ate and if they laid eggs etc.
Okay, I stand corrected, Princess Sophia sounds very cool lol
Sounds like a fun one – I like when books make kids aware of genres by mixing things up a bit. It can be funny, but also teaches them which is great. I’ll have to put this on my list for when Dante gets older.
I think this would be a better fit for slightly older kids, but I loved it! It’s such a fun concept.
I love the sound of this one – trying to describe the concept of genre to young readers is quite a tricky business and this book sounds as if it could make the job a whole lot easier:)
this is a great feature. thanks for sharing
It looks nice!
This is such a clever book! Good to keep children entertained with twists and turns. 🙂
Can I come over your house and read to your grandchildren from time to time? I wanna enjoy these stories as well! 🙂
I love that this one plays on other stories and I can see how it might be fun for more ‘mature’ young readers who can handle the complexity. And the friendship themes sound pretty good to me 🙂