No Reading Allowed: The WORST Read-Aloud Book Ever

No Reading Allowed: The WORST Read-Aloud Book Ever
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November 10, 2020
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From the #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling authors of P IS FOR PTERODACTYL comes another hilarious, fresh look at the English language!

The hero had super vision.
The hero had supervision.

Man, a tea sounds great.
Manatee sounds great!

Sir Francies Bacon
Sir, France is bakin'!

What is going on here?!
You can't believe everything you hear! A single word can have many different meanings. And sometimes two words that sound alike can be spelled completely differently. Ptolemy the pterodactyl is back to show us all how absurd and fun language can be when homophones, homonyms, and tricky punctuation are at play!

No Reading Allowed allows children and their parents to laugh together while also learning something new. Perfect for baby gifts, birthday gifts, teacher gifts, and anyone who finds humor in the absurdity of the English language.

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silly fun with the English language
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NO READING ALLOWED is a delightfully charming take on homonyms and sound-alike words. The book features two panels for phrases which sound alike but have different meanings, such as "The new deli clerk runs a pretty sorry store." and "The New Delhi clerk runs a pretty sari store." These fun distinctions and colorfully silly illustrations have definite appeal for elementary-school aged children who like to laugh. A glossary at the end helps to define words which may be new to young readers.

What I loved: This is a very clever and very silly book that is sure to make young readers laugh. It may go over the heads of preschoolers and young elementary school aged readers who might not be reading yet, but older picture book readers are sure to enjoy it. The illustrations are fantastic, demonstrating each phrase for the reader with plenty of color and fun details. Some of the favorites in our house included the hiding monsters.

This would be a great book for teaching about homonyms and could inspire some fun classroom projects, as children may come up with their own silly depictions of phrases that sound alike but mean something completely different. This book is a great way to start to have some fun with the English language.

Final verdict: Silly, delightful, and clever, NO READING ALLOWED is a great way to teach about homonyms and have fun with language.
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