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Get Me Out of This Book!: Rules & Tools for Being Brave

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  177 ratings  ·  37 reviews
"GET ME OUT OF THIS BOOK!" shouts Max. Max is a scaredy-cat bookmark until he learns 3 rules for being brave--breathe deeply, make a plan, and think positive thoughts!

When Max the bookmark went into a scary book, he couldn't LOOK and he SHOOK and he SCREAMED, "GET ME OUT OF THIS BOOK!"

Then he learned to (1) breathe deeply, (2) make a plan, and (3) think positive thoughts--
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published June 11th 2019 by Holiday House (first published 2019)
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Jon Nakapalau
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Lessons for overcoming fear when you feel 'booked' in! Love the art! ...more
La Coccinelle
Oct 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
I think I can honestly say that I've never come across a book with this premise before. Max is a bookmark who's afraid of the pictures in books! So he goes to school to overcome his fears and get his Special Bookmark Badge.

Max uses (of all things) Navy SEAL techniques for dealing with his issues. The book works as a story about overcoming your fears, but it also functions as a basic instruction manual for the techniques (breathe deeply, make a plan, and think positive thoughts) so that kids can
Shaye Miller
May 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Max is a bookmark who is more than terrified of scary images he gets trapped with inside of books. He attends Bookmark School where he learns the rules and tools to help him handle his fears. He discovers that breathing deeply and using good thoughts can get him out of just about any bind. That said, this book might be a nice way to begin a discussion on facing fears or even on childhood anxiety. Oh, and watch out for the cute little twist at the end of the story. The artwork in this book was cr ...more
Malia Leuck
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
A great way to give kids strategies to cope with scary times. I took notes myself!
Meg McGregor
Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lexi-victoria
Lexi really enjoyed this story and so did I!

This book introduces great coping strategies, we can all use, when we encounter something scary or creepy or haunted!

1. Breathe Deeply. 2. Make a Plan. 3. Think Good Thoughts.

Thanks to Jon(athan) for recommending the book!

I would have given the book five stars but I did not care for the artwork.

But that is just my opinion!

And now, I am out of here and on to read my next book!
Edward Sullivan
Jun 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Fun approach to offering advice on how to cope with fears.
Savannah Hendricks
Aug 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Cute story about how to work on anxiety, would be perfect for circle time in a classroom.
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
cute, solid!
Amber Hughes
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
cute story told from a bookmarks perspective!
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Get me Out of This Book: Rules and Tools For Being Brave by Kalli Dakos and Deborah Cholette, illustrated by Sara Infante. PICTURE BOOK. Holiday House, 2019. $18. 9780823438624



Max the bookmark is terrified whenever he is used in a scary book. He decides that he needs some more schooling to get over his fright. His teacher gives him some rules and tools to deal with scary situations.

So cute! What a great tool for discussing scary si
Teresa Bateman
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A nervous bookmark hates to be inside dangerous or scary books. When faced with challenging situations he screams to be removed. However, he is learning important rules and tools for being brave. #1: Breath Deeply. #2: Make a Plan. #3: Think Good Thoughts. As he faces his fears and applies the rules and tools he becomes more confident and able to handle sticky situations. This is an amusing way to teach young readers those all-important coping skills that so many seem to lack. Teachers will want ...more
Kristen Bezner
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
More than an adorable story about books (which is plenty to love already), Get Me Out of This Book uses its narrative to teach kids common mindfulness techniques for dealing with fear and anxiety. Max the bookmark is afraid of many of the books he is put in, but learns how to address those feelings so he can overcome his fears. A fun and creative approach to talking about emotions.
Although there are probably plenty of reluctant or disengaged readers who wish they could get out of a book rather than having to trudge through the book's text, this picture book deals with a bookmark named Max who feels anxious around books. The mixed media illustrations will capture the attention of young readers who will be amused by Max's fears about the pictures in books. So traumatized was he by some of his early experiences that he had to go through de-sensitivity training. One by one, h ...more
Hannah Fay
Jan 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
This book by Kalli Dakos is an adorable book filled with tips on how to conquer fear. The story follows Max the book mark who is afraid of the pictures in scary books! He goes through book mark training school where he learns how to be brave so that he can be a good book mark. He learns how to handle fear by breathing deeply, making a plan, and thinking good thoughts. The book takes you through each time Max faces something scary and how he handles it using the techniques he learned in bookmark ...more
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What are the three basic rules for being brave? Ask any Navy SEAL, or any child who has read this book!
Max, a bookmark, used to be scared of images in books, like snakes. He went back to school to learn “rules and tools for looking right at scary.” After that, he used these to face down the scariest images, like sharks, cockroaches, and skeletons.
What are these rules & tools?
Breathe deeply
Make a plan
Think good thoughts
Anyone can employ these for any situation - this book is entertaining and a gr
Dec 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Being a bookmark can be a scary thing. You can find yourself face to face with some very disturbing things. Max is easily freaked out, so he decides to back go to school to get a Special Bookmark Badge. The trainer gives Max three strategies to help manage his fear: Breathe Deeply, Make a Plan, Think good thoughts.

According to the author’s note, these strategies are three of the strategies used by Navy SEALs to “overcome fearful situations.”
Erin Hanratty
Sep 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
A cute picture about a bookmark who gets scared of the pictures in his books. This is a great storytime book because it teaches children three rules and tools to use when you're scared and let's children practice them while reading/hearing the story. ...more
Random Scholar
Oct 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a cute story about a bookmark that learned how to overcome their fear. I would recommend this to students in Kindergarten and First Grade. It may even be good to read around Halloween since the story has monsters in it!
Syntha Green
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
I really didn't love this ...more
Can be used to teach kids about how to handle fear.
The book, although mildly humorous, is about using certain tools to help when one is feeling afraid.
Aug 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
Provided a simplified version of some Navy SEAL thought processes. I was surprised they were actual rules of the SEALS.
3.5 stars How to deal with being frightened.
Kristina Jean Lareau
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picturebook
Promising premise, overly didactic execution.
Mary Lee
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
Fearful bookmark shares tips and trips for overcoming fears. (Brave) bookmark included.
Oct 10, 2019 rated it did not like it
Cockroaches and punching. I'm out. ...more
Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good for a read-a-loud for 1st graders. Even upper elementary. Introduces different genres of books.
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: spring-2020
Not as good as I was hoping.
Nov 23, 2019 rated it liked it
I liked the tips and techniques, but the story was just okay.
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Great "rules and tools" to overcome scary situations. ...more
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