Picture Book Review: Open Very Carefully

Open Very Carefully by Nicola O’Byrne is just a little retelling of The Ugly Duckling. Until a rowdy gator crashes the party, that is! Then the ugly duckling has to figure out how to get the letter-eating-crocodilian out of the story and out of the book!

I think this book really will shine as a readaloud, especially for preschool and young elementary school groups. There’s lots of interactivity built in to the text (rocking the book back and forth to shake the crocodile out, shaking the book to distract him) and the illustrations are cute. I especially like the page layouts and think they give the text a really dynamic feel.

This book will shine as a read-aloud with an energetic and committed reader – either 1-on-1 or to a group.


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