Would You Rather?
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Would You Rather?

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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 be...you?show more

Product details

  • 0-5
  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 256 x 296 x 4mm | 40g
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • RED FOX
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1
  • 0099200414
  • 9780099200413
  • 7,066

Review quote

"The interactive element that makes kids engage their imaginations is surely what makes it a keeper" Time Outshow more

About John Burningham

John Burningham is one of the most prestigious and well-loved illustrators working in the children's book field today. Trained at the Central School of Art, his first picture book, Borka was published in 1963. He has won the Kate Greenaway Award twice for Borka and Mr Gumpy's Outing, and has enjoyed a distinguished career spanning over 45 years.show more

Review Text

Favorite childhood pastimes and mind play don't always survive translation to picture-book form, but Burnigham's free-floating, storyless imagination-stretcher is consistently felicitous. Warming up with an ingenuously visualized "Would you rather your house was surrounded by water, snow, or jungle," he then entertains, for example: preposterous disaster ("would you rather an elephant drank your bath water, an eagle stole your dinner, a pig tried on your clothes, or a hippo slept in your bed"); onomotopoetic indigestion ("would you rather be made to eat spider stew, slug dumplings, mashed worms, or drink snail squash"); cost-benefit trade-offs ("would you rather jump in the brambles for 25 , swallow a dead frog for 50 , stay all night in a creepy house for a dollar"); and empathetic speculation (the small child who represents "you" throughout is seen living with various animals in their cage, bowl, coop, or whatever). The pictures are wonderfully zesty, childlike, and droll; and Burningham's ending ("or perhaps you would rather just go to sleep in your own bed") makes the whole exercise a choice bedtime book, to inspire any child's musings as (s)he drifts off to sleep. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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214 ratings
4.01 out of 5 stars
5 33% (70)
4 41% (88)
3 22% (48)
2 3% (6)
1 1% (2)
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