Come on, admit it.
As a parent, there have been times – lots of times – that you’ve wanted to “lose” one of your kids’ books simply because you couldn’t take one. more. reading.
One of my favorite things to do with my children is to sit and read aloud to them. As much as I’ve adored reading The Foot Book with each of them, after reading it dozens of times a day for months at a time, I did grow a little weary.
Shh! Don’t tell my kids!
Recently, however, I came across a colorful, comical picture book that I’ve been enjoying as much as my kids…
(I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This post contains affiliate links.)
Written by award-winning author, BCR Fegan, this delightful story contains my favorite quality in a book – it reinforces learning while remaining creative and engaging.
I shared this book with my 5, 7, and 8 year olds, and they can’t get enough of it. In fact, as I took the book out to prepare for this review, my 5 year old insisted that I put my laptop down and read the book to her first.
I was only too happy to oblige. 🙂
While many children’s books focus on the counting numbers, most of them include the first 10 to 20 cardinal numbers. Don’t Ever Look Behind Door 32 goes up to…well…32.
And I’ll tell you what – this is the first book written for children that had me in genuine suspense the first time I read through it. I couldn’t wait to see what happened!
The tale is about two children who go to stay in a hotel filled with all kinds of fun and fascinating creatures. As the owner takes them on a rhyming tour explaining what can be found in each room, over and over again, he reminds them, “…but don’t ever look behind door 32.”
Even now, when my children are fully aware of what’s behind door 32, they still keep trying to turn the pages as I’m still reading so that they can get to the end – not because they’re trying to finish the book faster, but because they want to see!
The only thing my kids noticed about this book that was a little off was that the rhyme mentions a red broom, when in fact, the broom is green. (To be honest, I’m quite impressed that they noticed it because it means that they were really paying attention!)
If you have little ones, I highly recommend you try Don’t Ever Look behind Door 32. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go read it…again.
Find these other great books by BCR Fegan!