Don’t Tell! (Tom Booth)

Hello, friends! Our book today is Don’t Tell! by Tom Booth, the sequel to the delightful Don’t Blink!.

The little girl and her animal friends from the first book are back, but really, they’re surprised to see YOU here. See, this book was supposed to be a secret! Who told you about this super-secret book? The girl asks her friends Bird and Fox as they stop by – Fox thinks it may have been Monkey, but Monkey and Owl deny spilling the beans when they show up. More animals arrive, all insisting that they were not the one who blabbed. And then, Harvey the elephant appears and, well… Harvey has a confession to make…

Very cute. Once again, the fourth-wall breaking, dialogue-exclusive narrative is just right for reading aloud, featuring plenty of opportunities for children to interact with the characters, and plenty of different character voices and melodramatic text for readers to have fun with. The length is good, and JJ loved all the animals and the big climatic speech. There isn’t a grand lesson – the girl and animals quickly forgive Harvey for telling, then all run off together to share the news of their super-secret book with more friends – but that’s honestly fine. This is just a purely enjoyable book for any little reader, and we loved it. Baby Bookworm approved!

(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)

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