Synopsis from Macmillan Publishers:
An interactive picture book with dynamic illustrations, in which readers have to follow the rules or risk a run-in with a monster—with a gentle approach to mindfulness along the way.
Beware! This book has rules. You must follow all the rules. If you break the rules . . . Dennis the monster will eat you. And you don’t want to be Dennis-food—do you?
With a laugh-out-loud, interactive style, The Book of Rules invites you to get your sillies out before it’s time to focus and listen to directions. And you better get started, because Dennis can’t wait to eat—or, um—meet you!
About: The Book of Rules is a children’s picture book written by Brian Gehrlein and illustrated by Tom Knight. It will be published on 11/16/2021 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers, hardcover, 40 pages. The genres are picture book, fiction, and children’s literature. This book is the author’s debut and it’s intended for readers ages 3 to 6. According to the publisher’s website, “Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers, established in 1953, is an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group. We are committed to publishing books of the highest literary quality for children and teenagers. FSG BYR is known for its award-winning list of fiction, nonfiction, and picture books.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading The Book of Rules for my toddler’s bedtime on 9/26/2021 and we finished it that same night. We read it again on 10/18/2021. A fantastic interactive read, this book will make readers laugh out loud. I loved how each page was a color of its own and filled with many different things that keep readers busy. My toddler loved pointing out the piano, apples, cake, fishes, and bear. We played hidden treasures where I asked my toddler to find an elephant, a dinosaur, a fish, a teddy bear, and etc. I loved that there were more than one cows so my toddler were given the opportunity to count up the cows. The rules were a surprise at every page. I liked rule number 5, especially when Dennis was being called on because the kids couldn’t follow the rules for not smiling.
This book opened up to an eye catching purple background with a diverse of characters. Then the story began, introducing readers that this book has rules and that these rules must be followed otherwise Dennis the monster will eat you. Dennis was then introduced with pointy teeth, sharp claws, and a gross foot. There were 11 rules in this book where the first rule was that readers must sit on the floor. The second rule was to sit up straight and crisscross applesauce. Readers and the kids in the book were often complimented on their good listening and following the rules skills. They were also frequently reminded that if they don’t listen and follow the rules then they will be eaten by Dennis the monster. The rules varied from fun activities such as touch your nose and make a fish face at someone to give yourself a bear hug and to be aware of someone next to you. The 11th rule will be a secret rule.
The Book of Rules was well written and illustrated. I loved the illustrations. The kids were always happy and having fun. I liked the guys playing the instruments. Their beard varied in styles as well as their choices of instruments. The humor was contagious while reading this book. I loved the bear hug page with the autumn colors. The diversity of characters was a plus because readers can definitely relate. One of the rules encouraged quiet time to meditate which was great. This story motivated kids to listen, learn, and follow the rules. A good influence for kids and I highly recommend everyone to read this book!
I rate it 5 stars!
About the Author and Illustrator:
Brian Gehrlein lives in Liberty, Missouri with his wife, Katherine, and their son, Peter. The Book of Rules is his first picture book. Brian does his best to follow the rules and has (so far) avoided being eaten. He hopes this trend continues. (Photo and info obtained from Macmillan’s website, book pictures obtained from Edelweiss).
Tom Knight is the illustrator of numerous books for children, including Bone Soup; Good Knight, Bad Knight; and The Big Bed. He lives in England with his wife, Tabby, and their two sons, Archie and Seth. (Photo and info obtained from Macmillan’s website).
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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to MacKidsBooks for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.