This Book Is Definitely Not Cursed

S. & S./Aladdin. Jun. 2024. 40p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781665927987.
PreS-Gr 2–Similar to Don’t Push the Button, this book teases kids who may not yet fully understand the concept of sarcasm and prompts them into turning page after page. A monster named Clustercrump Mc-Tootyboots curses readers upon opening the book. The curse involves readers growing really long nose hair and experiencing everything tasting like cabbage. To break the curse, they need to, oh, say silly rhymes, and—in a cynical bit of self-aggrandizement—get someone else to read this book, in effect causing a chain of events similar to the one in the adult horror classic The Ring. The monster has a pleasing yellow and teal palette, and there is a good amount of juvenile cleverness to the text, but overall it brings nothing new to this particular genre of interactive book.
VERDICT Recommended where similar books in the collection are falling apart from use.

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