FICTION

Let Me Finish!

Let Me Finish! illus. by Isabel Roxas. 40p. Disney-Hyperion. Jun. 2016. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781484721735.
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PreS-Gr 2—The sheer bliss of settling into a good book without being interrupted by spoilers is the topic of this title. A boy is so excited and filled with anticipation to read a good book, yet each time he begins a new one, lively animals share their favorite parts and ruin the story for him. From birds to bears to giraffes, everyone has an opinion they want to share with him about the book he is reading. The harder he tries to elude them, the more the animals multiply and chase him. Wherever he goes—his home, the forest, the jungle, the mountains, the sea—the animals find him and try to tell him what is in store for him. The illustrations are colorful, and the book is mostly written in dialogue bubbles. Much in the vein of Jon Klassen's I Want My Hat Back, this title leaves readers to assume an unexpected ending for the boy.
VERDICT A fun storytime selection for audiences with a good sense of humor.

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