That Is NOT a Good Idea!

by Mo Willems

When a sly, dapper fox first spots a blue-bonneted goose, he immediately thinks,... read more

When a sly, dapper fox first spots a blue-bonneted goose, he immediately thinks, "Dinner!" He offers to take her on a stroll. He invites her into the deep dark woods, and then into his kitchen. Again and again, she agrees. And each time, with increasing alarm, the fluffy yellow chicks who've been following the action interject, "That is NOT a good idea!" Mo Willems follows the journey of the fox and the goose on page spreads split between a single illustration on one side and a white-on-black, silent film-inspired dialogue box on the other. The young goose chicks, on the other hand, shout with ever-greater urgency across the expanse of double-page spreads, before finally tucking in to a nice supper at the end. "More soup, children?" asks the goose. "Well, we DID try to warn him." It turns out the storyteller is slyer than the fox. (Ages 5-9)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2014

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