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I Will Not Read This Book

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  417 Ratings  ·  99 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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Oct 22, 2011 Anne rated it really liked it
Perfect to read to a class of rambunctious kindergarteners!
Amy Forrester
Aug 26, 2012 Amy Forrester rated it it was amazing
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
Peter Derk
Jul 26, 2013 Peter Derk rated it did not like it
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
Dec 05, 2011 Barbara rated it really liked it
Shelves: ncbla, reading
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
Sep 09, 2011 April rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 07, 2011 Tricia rated it liked it
Using building and imaginative text the author creates a story about a boy who refuses to read a book...until something happens that might change his mind about reading the book. Silly. May be a nice story to tell to older preschool/early elementary if the reader is "feeling" it.
Aug 24, 2011 Alyssa rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
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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.
Jan 07, 2012 Ruth rated it it was amazing
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.
Sep 06, 2011 Mamers rated it it was ok
Shelves: childrens-books
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.
Jennifer Rummel
Jul 13, 2011 Jennifer Rummel rated it really liked it
a similar book to Green Eggs and Ham
Rebecca Heywood
Jun 27, 2011 Rebecca Heywood rated it really liked it
Really cute, wish it had a different ending, but it was still very cute.
Evan Pauley
Sep 05, 2011 Evan Pauley rated it really liked it
This book was won from the Goodreads giveaways. It was a bit repetitive but has good illustrations and should be enjoyed by young children.
Nov 08, 2012 Danielle added it
Shelves: picture-books
A book to put a reluctant reader in the mood for story.
Sep 01, 2011 Stacy rated it really liked it
Cute little picture book~! So kid-like how at the end in his bedroom, you can see how he got all his ideas.
Sep 12, 2011 Martha rated it it was amazing
Shelves: storytime-books
Love it! :)
Sep 08, 2011 Elina rated it it was amazing
Very cute story about not reading a book. I might read it to my first grade class. And base a project on it.
Cathy Blackler
Sep 11, 2011 Cathy Blackler rated it liked it
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.
Oct 06, 2011 Allison rated it liked it
Great repetition and humor for young readers!
Sep 05, 2011 Shannon marked it as to-read
I will have to read it in secret
Maeghan Librarian
Very "Green Eggs and Ham" kind of vibe.
May 31, 2016 Shelley rated it it was ok
The little boy refuses to read the book. He makes up all kinds of excuses and says that he won't read the book even if he is hanged upside down over a cliff, with monkeys, rain, lightning, sharks underneath and all sorts of crazy circumstances.
My Rating:
2 stars, "it was ok"
I found the illustrations to be interesting, but the story was just..."meh." At first I thought the story was going to be filled with crazy excuses that the boy makes to avoid reading, but instead the story s
Michelle McBeth
Dec 12, 2014 Michelle McBeth rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 14, 2012 Mark rated it liked it
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
Kristin Rosenberg
Jun 17, 2014 Kristin Rosenberg rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
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
Mar 07, 2012 Kendra rated it did not like it
Shelves: picture-books
Cute pictures but the age appropriateness bugs me. If it is meant for older kids the pictures really don't give that impression. And if it's meant for younger kids they really shouldn't be forced in to reading books like the one the boy is holding on to in the story. And there aren't that many preschoolers (if any) our there who wouldn't want to share a story with a grownup. If being read to is a chore at such a young age, something's wrong. Can't think of a good audience for this one-missed the ...more
Mackenna Brooks
Apr 24, 2013 Mackenna Brooks rated it it was amazing
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 really liked it
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
Dec 23, 2011 Matthew rated it liked it
A lot like Green Eggs and Ham for the reluctant reader, this book builds up insane circumstances to emphasize the child's dislike for reading only to have a simple solution like being read to be the key turning the kid's outlook around. I would have liked a bit more on the flip side like Seuss did after his character discovered that he did like Green Eggs and Ham, but this was still a good story, short and sweet.
R.J. Murphy
Sep 05, 2011 R.J. Murphy rated it it was amazing
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