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No Reading Allowed: The WORST Read-Aloud Book Ever

By Mandie Caroll, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Hilarious fun with silly sound-alike sentences, great art.

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This wildly entertaining collection of wordplay is a joy to read again and again. No Reading Allowed is like its predecessor P is for Pterodactyl in terms of its obsession with the quirkiness of the English language, and just as pleasing. Delightfully silly pairings like "His pants are tapered" (a '90s break dancer in baggy, tapered pants) and "His pants are tapired," (as in the animals called tapirs clinging to a man's lower pant legs). Sticklers for grammar may have their feathers ruffled a tad by the creative license the authors take when making an adjective or a verb out of words almost exclusively used as nouns, but young readers are likely to find it punny and imaginative. Bryce Gladfelter's well-imagined and laugh-inducing illustrations enhance meaning-making and provide lots for little eyes to linger on. Finding the green, fuzzy monster on many of the pages is added fun. This subversively educational pick will have readers of all ages laughing, groaning, and learning.

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