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Do Not Open

4.1  ·  Rating Details ·  112 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews
Miss moody lived at land's end with Captain Kidd. Captain Kidd wasn't the famous pirate; he was a cat. One morning after a storm, Miss Moody found him washed up on the beach. He was nearly drowned. She nursed him until he was well, and he repaid her kindness by keeping her cottage free of mice.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published June 1st 1993 by Puffin Books (first published September 15th 1981)
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May 29, 2009 Bonnie rated it really liked it
This is a wonderful book by author-illustrator Brinton Turkle. The title DO NOT OPEN is on the back cover, as well as front, just in case we might get any ideas. I had a lot of fun with classes discussing whether or not we should open it, and when we did, predicting what we would find.

The cover shows that Miss Moody and her cat, Captain Kidd have found something on the beach. Most children thought it was maybe a drowned mouse, since they are on the beach, and the marmalade cat is very intereste
Sep 26, 2007 Bernice rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: beachcombers & cat lovers
I love this children's book. Miss Moody, the main character, is a smart, independent woman who lives in a cottage near the ocean with her cat. And she's just a little bit magical. It's a good one to share with the 4-9 age group.
May 14, 2017 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nothing whatsoever like the author's Obadiah books. Here the colors are vibrant, (view spoiler). Well done and fun, except for very sensitive readers. Would *you* open a mysterious purple bottle that said "do not open" right on it??
Jessica Floyd
Summery- This book is about Miss Moody who loves finding treasures that have watched up on the beach after a big storm has hit. One morning after a storm Miss Moody finds a tin box, a rug, drift wood, and a very interesting object. On the glass bottle it had "DO NOT OPEN!" Miss Moody goes against the warning and opens the bottle anyways. Do her surprise a big monster comes out and tries to scare her. Miss Moody is too smart for that, she tricks the monster into turning into a mouse so her cat Ca ...more
Jul 30, 2008 Becky rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: kids age 3 to 7
Shelves: children-and-ya
A woman lives by the sea with her cat, Captain Kidd. The Captain earns his keep by keeping the woman's house free of mice.

The woman regularly goes down to the beach at low tide to see what kind of treasures have been left on shore. She uses her findings to furnish her house. So far her best find is a banjo clock, which is in perfect condition except for the fact that it doesn't work.

One day the woman and Captain Kidd are down at the shore and she finds a strange bottle, on which is written "Do
Feb 05, 2013 B rated it really liked it
Do Not Open was an interesting children’s picture book mixing mystery and magic with the tale of a old woman who loves treasurer hunting on the beach. The pictures seemed a bit faded, but the creativity is not lacking. The images seem to jump off the pages and the monster that emerges from the mysteriously marked bottle is enough to frighten any small child. I enjoyed watching the illustrations morph and children will let their imagination run wild as they turn each page. The colors could have b ...more
Emily Anderson
Nov 26, 2013 Emily Anderson rated it liked it
Do Not Open is a story about Miss Moody and her companion Captain Kidd, the cat that was always by her side. They were complete opposites, which benefited one another. Miss Moody disliked mice so the cat killed them. However, the cat disliked storms so Miss Moody comfortable the cat when it was scared. After a storm they went to the beach to find treasure where Miss Moody found a bottle that said DO NOT OPEN. She ignored the label and opened it anyway and a giant figured appear. With the cat my ...more
Nov 01, 2013 Megan rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: children
Recommended to Megan by: school librarian
Miss Moody lives alone in a seaside cottage with her faithful cat, Captain Kidd. Miss Moody loves the big storms that bring in all kinds of random objects to her beach. One day while scavenging, she comes across a beautiful dark purple bottle that reads, "DO NOT OPEN".

Not only is this story mysterious, intriguing and just a little bit spooky, but it is brought to vivid life with gorgeous charcoal and watercolor illustrations by author Brinton Turkle. A fun scary/Halloween option for kids who ar
Meghan Erena
This storybook surprised me! I was not expecting the illustrations and story line to be so frightening. This story kept me interested and had some opportunities to involve students by asking, "Should she open it?", or figuring out how she can get rid of the monster. This book quickly turns from a sweet story of a woman and her loyal cat collecting things on a beach to a horror story that could scare young readers. Over all, it is an interesting book that, with the suspense, will hold the attenti ...more
Apr 21, 2011 Julia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: early-childhood
This was a wonderful book about a woman named Miss Woody who rescued a cat from a beach storm one day, and he has been loyal to her since. Every morning after a storm hits the beach she lives on, she'll go out and search for items that washed up onto the shore.
From a pretty box to firewood to a rug, Miss Woody collects everything nice she finds on that beach, and most of what is in her house is from there.
But then she finds a dark bottle that says "Do Not Open" on one side. Should she open it an
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May 20, 2011 ABC rated it it was ok
Shelves: younger-kids
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Aug 14, 2014 Melle rated it liked it
Recommends it for: kids who love cats and fairytales with outsmarting contests
A beautifully illustrated book about an older woman, Miss Moody, who lives with her orange tabby, Captain Kidd, and finds stuff on a beach and ends up releasing a bad creature trapped in a bottle. Spoiler alert: cat saves the day. Fun story, cute cat, cool treasures, and beautiful illustrations that evoke sun, sea, and sand.
This book is full of little surprises. I would love to read it when talking about the beach. It'd also be fun to have a show-and-tell with kids presenting their own personal "treasure boxes" with things they treasure, such as collections, etc.
Debby Baumgartner
Jan 15, 2016 Debby Baumgartner rated it really liked it
Shelves: cats, fantasy, monsters, wishes
Miss Moody and her cat, Captain Kidd live by the sea. One day the cat discovers a dark purple bottle in the sand. A voice asks for them to release the stopper from the bottle. There is a reason not to open the bottle.
Mar 16, 2009 Audrey rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Fifteen of Our Favorites - This book is about a wish that comes true at the end of the book. Prediction would be great for this book because it is uncertain what is going to happen. It has a surprise ending.
Aug 18, 2009 Kate rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
Just had to include some favorite scary books from childhood. Do Not Open has SUCH evocative pictures, and it's a great outwitting-the-enemy tale. Warning to parents of little kids: one of the pictures is really scary (to me still!).
Apr 15, 2009 Rachel rated it really liked it
This book would be a fun read aloud book. It may be too scary for some children because of what they find when they do open it. It is also a good problem solving book. It could introduce a problem-solving unit.
Jun 18, 2008 Larysa rated it really liked it
This picture book was colorful and had a fun story. The ending is not what you would expect, and it is interesting to see what the characters do.
Dec 31, 2015 Lorelie rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Very cool story. Loved this one.
Rebecca Ferguson
This book tells the story of Miss Moody finding a bottle washed up to shore. The bottle says "Do Not Open," thus Miss Moody has to decide what to do. (Picture book)
Jun 11, 2008 Austin rated it really liked it
A simple story, but it was a fun book. I liked the illustrations of the monster.
Cindy Pardew
Old woman found a bottle on the beach after a storm that says, "do not open." By opening it she releases a geni who she tricked.
Jun 04, 2008 Devin rated it really liked it
I really want to read this book aloud some time to some younger aged kids in a classroom. Very cleaver story.
Steve Scott
Jan 20, 2016 Steve Scott rated it really liked it
A fun little book for kids. Great artwork.
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