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Would You Rather? (Paperback)

John Burningham

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ISBN 10: 0099200414 / ISBN 13: 9780099200413
Published by Random House Children s Publishers UK, United Kingdom, 1994
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Language: English . Brand New Book. Would you rather drink snail squash or eat mashed worms? Help a witch make stew? Tickle a monkey? Or maybe - if you could really be anyone or do anything in the world - would you rather just Bookseller Inventory # AAZ9780099200413

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Title: Would You Rather? (Paperback)

Publisher: Random House Children s Publishers UK, United Kingdom

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:New

Edition: UK ed..

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As he drifts off to sleep, a young boy thinks of unusual possibilities, such as whether you would rather an eagle stole your dinner or a hippo slept in your bed. By the author of Come Away from the Water. Reissue.


Given the choice, we think most kids would rather read John Burningham's books than taste slug dumplings, jump in nettles, or possibly even dance with a goat. However, in the delightfully silly Would You Rather..., readers are invited to play with these and many other ideas--absurd, gross, or tantalizing. A small mop-topped child lets his imagination run away with such personal challenges as, "Would you rather have supper in a castle, breakfast in a balloon, or tea on the river?" The oversized format is perfect for reading aloud, as long as the reader allows plenty of time for the audience to peruse the award-winning author-illustrator's humorous pictures (in one spread, the protagonist looks like he'd rather be anywhere but here as he is systematically crushed by a snake, swallowed by a fish, eaten by a crocodile, and sat on by a rhinoceros). For TV-weary children who have seen cartoon characters squashed and revived a thousand times, the nightmarish aspects of this reprinted 1978 charmer will not be overly alarming, but the faint of heart may want to look elsewhere for a soothing bedtime story... perhaps Burningham's own Hushabye? (Ages 4 to 7) --Emilie Coulter

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