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I Will Not Read This Book

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  325 ratings  ·  84 reviews
This is the story of how the ultimate reluctant reader became a book lover. The little boy in I Will Not Read This Book has a lot of excuses, because if there is one thing he doesn’t want to do, it’s read this book. He won’t read it even if you hang him upside down by one toe, over a cliff, with sharks down below. And you know what? You. Can’t. Make. Him. In this book ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 6th 2011 by Clarion Books (first published September 5th 2011)
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Amy Musser
The young boy in this book is not keen on reading the book in the title. He’s not very good at it and there will be words he doesn’t know. He also has a (very long) list of things you could do to him and he still wouldn’t read this book. You could hang him upside down by his toe and he wouldn’t read it. And even if you dangled him over a cliff while it was raining and there were sharks and dragons, he wouldn’t read this book. His list is dramatic and never-ending; will this stubborn little boy ...more
Perfect to read to a class of rambunctious kindergarteners!
No. No way. Uh huh. There is nothing you could possibly do to get the young narrator to read a book. He procrastinates even opening its pages until he has flossed his teeth, washed behind his ears, fed his fish, and cleaned under his bed. Then, in an ever increasing and increasingly frightening list of things you could do to persuade him to read the book--such as hanging him upside down by one toe over a cliff--he states unequivocably that nothing could possibly make him read that book. Of cours ...more
Peter Derk
You know what always bothers me about books, movies, and so on?

How come almost all of our entertainment is based around characters that are either A1 great people or at the very least have very strong redemptive qualities?

This is a little heady for a review of a picture book.

Here's the thing: Kid doesn't want to read a book. We go through a whole slew of ways the kid could be tortured that still would not convince him. Hanging upside-down, having a pool of sharks below him, being waterboarded, r
Sep 21, 2011 April rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone with kids ages 7 and below
Shelves: won-on-goodreads
*I recieved this book for free through Goodreads First Reads. Thank you to Cece for listing this giveaway.*

My son and I LOVE this book! My son is only 2 so he can't read yet, but he loves for me to read this. He loves the story and the pictures. It is one of those repetitive books that builds on itself and it just captures his attention. This book is also wonderfully illustrated. It is definately a book that will be sticking around our house for a long time. My son enjoys me reading it to him an
Michelle McBeth
It is bedtime and the boy in this book says he will not read the book in his hand because "reading is hard and I don't read fast and sometimes there are words I don't know." He gives multiple death-defying scenarios in which even then he will not read the book until the end when he says, if mom catches him, then he will read the book.

The little boy in the book is afraid to read the book but by the end he knows it will be all right if he has someone to read along beside him. The illustrations are
The Library Lady
Boy looks and acts too young to be reading on his own (okay, fine, I read at 3. Some kids do. Most don't!)which will turn off older kids, but the text has little to attract younger children. Language is stilted, not evocative, though the pictures are sort of funny, if ugly.
Oh what fun!! I found myself laughing aloud as I read this cumulative tale of a young boy who does not want to read before going to bed. Well, maybe he will if you read along with him. :-) This is a gotta have book in every home with little ones who dread bedtime.
My eight year old said this was boring. "It's too repetitive, Mom." I must agree. It's kind of a pain in the butt to read and I got bored myself. I'm sure little kids will like it, as repetition is a pre-reading skill, but as a mom, it's just too much.
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Cathy Blackler
Like many Dr. Seuss books, and The House that Jack Built, this book builds upon the young boy's resolve to "not read this book". Great for teaching sequencing.
Kristin Rosenberg
This little boy has a lot of things he wants to do, and reading this book is not one of them. In fact, he would not read this book if you hung him upside down, tied by a toe, while tickling his foot in a rainstorm. Oh, he'll tell you how much he doesn't want to read this book. As the story goes on the little boy becomes more and more ridiculous, and the story is told in a rhythmic repetitive way that would make for a fun read aloud. The illustrations are charming, and really enhance the world th ...more
Evan Pauley
This book was won from the Goodreads giveaways. It was a bit repetitive but has good illustrations and should be enjoyed by young children.
Cute little picture book~! So kid-like how at the end in his bedroom, you can see how he got all his ideas.
Very cute story about not reading a book. I might read it to my first grade class. And base a project on it.
Rebecca Heywood
Really cute, wish it had a different ending, but it was still very cute.
Great repetition and humor for young readers!
Jennifer Rummel
a similar book to Green Eggs and Ham
Sep 05, 2011 Shannon marked it as to-read
I will have to read it in secret
Love it! :)
Megan Mccormick
i really liked this book. It is so cute how the boy will do anything to avoid reading his book. I love that it continues with each new thing, the previous reasons are repeated. then it becomes this long reason why he will not read his book. i would definitely read this book to my students or children because it is cute and a fun story line. plus if you had a child who did not like reading, this would be a fun book to show them.
Delay tactics open the story: A boy refuses to read his book, saying, "I have to floss my teeth and wash behind my ears and feed my fish." His real reason? "Reading is hard and I don’t read fast and sometimes there are words I don’t know." Eleven spreads detailing increasingly silly and extreme scenarios demonstrate his resolve through cumulative text displaying an absurdity reminiscent of Michael Ian Black’s Purple Kangaroo (illustrated by Peter Brown, 2010): "I will not read this book even if ...more
This picture book is a bit like Sam-I-Am not wanting to eat the green eggs. Meng's cumulative story has a reluctant reader refusing to read a book before bedtime. There's plenty of over-the-top energy until the ending which turns this into a sweet bedtime story.
Mitchell Ary
this is a terrible book. the ending makes me feel hostile toward sthe child. but i can see why a child with reading insecurities would like this book. so it makes him feel like he is not alone
Cute. I like the cumulative tale structure which would make it fun to read aloud or fun for a new reader to feel confident with the words.
Jul 17, 2014 Fanny added it
THIS IS A PLACE HOLDER BOOK for my yearly count, but Goodreads has not yet added 7-10 of the comic series. So I'm using this one.
Jen S
I can see this as a read aloud in the classroom for reluctant readers. Loved it!
This one is great! I'm very excited to read it for storytime and will post back...
Mackenna Brooks
I Will Not Read This Book was very interesting. I have mixed feelings about reading this book to a classroom. It is very relatable because many students do not want to read, and like the the little boy they will come up with any excuse they can to get out of it. But, sharing this book with the classroom would have to be accompanied by a discussion on why it is important to read, and stay connected to literature. This book would be a good way to teach the lessons of why we need to read on a daily ...more
Oct 18, 2011 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
We all know that children can be reluctant to read books independently. I have been fairly lucky in this regard, but still our youngest will spout out with, "I hate reading!" occasionally. So when we discovered this book, I just knew it would be a hit. Both of our girls read it independently before we read it together, and they loved the cumulative, building nature of the danger the boy is willing to face instead of the dreaded act of reading. The ending is really sweet and they asked me to read ...more
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I was born in Walnut Creek, California, the middle child of five kids. Don't believe everything you hear about the forgotten middle child. We have our methods for getting noticed. My siblings excelled at everything academic. I excelled at daydreaming. My parents were not amused.

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