This Book Is Not a Present

Putnam. Oct. 2022. 40p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780593462362.
K-Gr 2–Greenfield is back with a hilarious sequel to his first story, I Don’t Want to Read This Book. Convinced that the given book is definitely not a present, the narrator gives myriad examples of a better gift than a book: “Why couldn’t it have been a dog? A dog is a present. A skateboard, that’s a present. Even socks would have been a great present because at least socks would keep my feet warm while riding my skateboard and playing with what should have been my new dog.” Filled with different text sizes and fonts, the pages with pencil and digital illustrations are simple and engaging. As the speaker continues, readers will detect an attitude change and see that despite the narrator’s fighting all impulses to go along with this present, reading is truly a gift. A confession about a past toilet clogging only adds to the humor and will certainly have all ages laughing at the arguments along the way.
VERDICT Rollicking good humor and the celebrity shine of the first book will ensure that this book is requested over and over again.

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