Thursday, January 23, 2020

This Is Not That Kind of Book

Title:  This is Not That Kind of Book                       

Author: Christopher Healy
Illustrator: Ben Mantle
Publisher: Random House, Oct, 2019
Intended Ages: 3-7
Themes: Humor, Surprises, Friendship

Opening Line(s):
"Once upon a time, a brave little girl set off into the woods with a basket of goodies."
Speech bubbles on the page - Apple: I'm an apple! Girl: Hop in!
Synopsis: A fractured fairy tale combining familiar picture book characters such as pirates, detectives and superheroes.
(much of the pleasure of the book is in plot surprises, so I won't spoil it by giving you more)

What I like about this book:
As a special treat this week, this part of the review is provided by some of my #kidsneedmentors class! Real kids who read and enjoyed the book.

By: Londyn (2nd grade) and Kadynce (1st Grade) 
This Is Not That Kind of Book," by Christopher Healy is a great story! It is really funny. Everyone will enjoy it because it is not just one kind of book. It is a joke book, an alphabet book, a pirate adventure book, a mystery, a fairy tale, and a super hero story all in one. We have never read another book like this. It is unique because there is more than one story in it. You have to read this book!

  •  Because this book has so many familiar characters, you can do an art project with any of them! 
  • Study other fractured fairy tale books. 
  • The book has several twists and turns. Discuss other options/endings for each situation. Maybe you'll write your own story in the process!
  • Brainstorm a different character that could have been in the story.

This review is part of PPBF (Perfect Picture Book Friday) where bloggers share great picture books. Organized and curated by author Susanna Leonard Hill, she keeps an ever-growing list of Perfect Picture Books. #PPBF


  1. Jokes, alphabets, pirates, OH MY! This sounds like an imagination-packed, fractured fairytale I have to add to my library wish list. Thanks for sharing today!

    1. I'll thank the kids in my #kidsneedmentors class! They did a super job.

  2. OK, this sounds super clever... how did the author get all that into one book?!

    1. Therein lies the tease! (but they are all in there!!)

  3. Oh! Haven't seen this one yet - looks like a lot of fun!

  4. Fun review Wendy. Love the kids' take on the book. I haven't seen it yet, either. But now I can't wait. Thanks.

    1. So many books, so little time is my problem too! So many fly under my radar.

  5. Sounds like fun! I love that a few of the kids in your mentored class provided the review.

    1. These kids are great! I was thrilled when they like my suggestion to read and review.

  6. Haven't heard about this fractured fairy tale! It sounds very entertaining and a great classroom book!

  7. Wow! Those kids are really articulate in describing why they liked this book! It sounds very interesting and fun! Thanks for the rec!