No Reading Allowed

no reading allowed

No Reading Allowed book review was great. In fact, it was exhilarating! I needed a good kid’s picture book like this and was surprised as I cracked it open to look at what children are reading (and looking at!) today.

Moms and dads better not take the title literally, because I know the kids won’t. My first impression always begins with the cover or illustration and I’m including it as my feature image with this book review.

This tome is sized roughly to eleven inches wide by nine inches in height, and the hard cover copy I reviewed has a very nicely printed book jacket that has that “embossed” feeling to the glossy cover as I brush my fingertips across it.

The cover design features Ptolemy the psychic pterodactyl who struggles with psoriasis.  This same character appears on the cover of ‘P Is for Pterodactyl’ which was a previous number #1 New York Times Bestseller published by the same company, Sourcebooks, which is located on the internet at SourcebookKids .

Raj Haldar and Chris Carpenter co-wrote the contents and obviously did their research to present this assemblage of roughly 42 pages of excellent homonyms and similar sounding sentences. All illustrations are done by Bryce Gladfelter who has laid out all of the artwork with a very finite  bold line art style that makes each drawing stand out with all of the characters and scenery which  are  bright and colorful .

A majority of the artwork is nicely framed in with bold lines around all artwork. At the end of the book is a word glossary that recaps all of the words that appeared on each page to help the readers get a good grasp on what the meaning for each word is. This is a fresh look at the English language and is recommended for readers age 4 and up (looks like I qualified!).

My synopsis of this particular book: Well written, beautiful art along with an overall positive flow with a crème de la crème being an educational and self deprecating glossary of the words covered throughout. Youth will love this educational book (and mom & dad may learn something) and I highly recommend it!

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