Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books
Don't Step on the Crack

Don't Step on the Crack

Fall 2001 Picture Books
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
By: Colin McNaughton
ISBN: 0-8037-2611-2
Hardcover Price: $14.99
This one-note picture book slyly -- and successfully -- plays its title's admonition for all it is worth. An unseen narrator loudly cautions a small, bespectacled hero "DON'T STEP ON THE CRACK!" But which crack? And why not? Ten alarming consequences of ignoring the warning are put forth, both in words and memorable pictures, and rapt listener/viewers will be following the simple text and cautionary illustrations so closely that they will soon be reading the book on their own. Author/illustrator McNaughton has fashioned an offbeat first reader, one sure to divert a large number of fans.
Selma G. Lanes   ©2001 Parents' Choice

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