In my last post, I confessed “my fascination with words qualifies as a first-rate fetish”. This time I confess I love picture books that “break the fourth wall” (some know it as metafiction), where the reader is invited into the story as an active participant or the reader becomes the narrator. In my research, I read a myriad of books that came under this category. Some worked wonderfully. While it was hard to choose, I absolutely came away with some favorites.
I can’t get enough of that crazy cat in the Here comes the (cat) series by Deborah Underwood. Each story is conversation between the reader and Cat on a variety of escapades, each with a delightful surprise or sweet ending.
The series started with Here Comes the Easter Cat, followed by Here Comes Santa Cat in 2014. Here Comes the Tooth Fairy Cat and Here Comes Valentine Cat came out in 2015, while Here Comes Teacher Cat was published in 2017. I admit, Here Comes Santa Cat is still my favorite!
Press Here written by Hervé Tullet is by far my favorite (of all the ones I read to research the topic). As I read, I found myself doing what was instructed and enjoying guessing what was to follow with every page turn.
OPEN VERY CAREFULLY: A BOOK WITH BITE written by Nicola O’Byrne follows a crocodile who has accidentally fallen into the picture book and is eating all the words. The main character enlists the help of the reader to rock the book side to side to make the crocodile fall asleep. All too soon the crocodile wakes up and is unhappy to discover he’s been drawn on! Chaos ensues until…Yup! You guessed it. I won’t give the ending away! Time to check it out of the library!
What’s Next Door? by Nicola O’Byrne includes pages of the book the crocodile has taken a bite out of to get to the next page. Does he ever find his way home? You’ll just have to check the book out of the library to find out!
This Book is Full of Monsters was written by Guido Van Genechten. Time and again the reader is asked “Are you brave enough? Are you sure?” This is well worth checking out of your local library especially if you have brave little monster lovers of your own!
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