That Is Not A Good Idea!

That Is Not A Good Idea!

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That Is Not a Good Idea! is a hilarious, interactive picture book from bestselling author and illustrator Mo Willems, the creator of books like Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, the Knuffle Bunny series, the Elephant and Piggie series, Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs, and many other new classics.
Inspired by the evil villains and innocent damsels of silent movies, Willems tells the tale of a hungry fox who invites a plump goose to dinner. As with the beloved Pigeon books, kids will be calling out the signature refrain and begging for repeated readings. The funny details in the full-color illustrations by three-time Caldecott Honoree Mo Willems will bring nonstop laughter to story time.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, c2013.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780062203090
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) :,col. ill.


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SnoIsleLib_BrianL May 11, 2017

This particular Mo Willems book is defintely a dark horse! The opening illustration with the fox zeroing in on the goose paints a perfect picture of what is exactly on his mind. Dinner! Willems brilliantly incorporates the use of silent film illustrations to eerily bring to life the interaction between the fox and goose which gives it an old-timey feel. That alone is enough to make anyone give this book a try. Not to mention the little chicks in between dialogue make the storyline even more intense!

AL_STEFFEN Feb 08, 2017

An underrated and less well know Willems, if that's possible.
This one reminds me of Nannette's Baguette.

Jul 03, 2015

This is a funny book!

CRRL_CraigGraziano Jun 26, 2015

Mo Willems takes the art of silent films and applies it to picture books. A dapper fox has spied a beautiful goose walking the city streets. Each image is devoid of text, we only see what they are saying on black pages in between the action.

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PimaLib_BeccaB May 08, 2015

Mo Willems does it again! Bet you didn't expect the hilarious twist at the end.

Oct 19, 2014

But this is a good idea! Another classic by Mo Willems - simple but cleaver, cute and fun! Let's read it again.

Jun 04, 2014


aforr71 May 21, 2014

A twist on the "Stranger Danger" genre. that surprises and delights.

Sep 15, 2013

My 5 year od granddaughter absolutely loved it! She begged me to keep re-reading it, which we did 8 times before returning it to the library. The book was a good way for us to discuss "stranger danger" without leaving the child upset and scared when done.

ChristchurchLib Sep 02, 2013

A surprising lesson about the importance of listening to one's inner gosling ensues when a very hungry fox issues a dinner invitation to a very plump goose. By the Caldecott Honor-winning creator of Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!

Picture books newsletter August 2013

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Sep 15, 2013

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