REVIEW: Don’t Turn the Page by Rachelle Burk
Don’t Turn the Page
by Rachelle Burk
Children’s Fiction/Bedtime Story
Like most children, Sami puts off going to bed for as long as possible. But reading a story about Little Bear’s bedtime ritual inspires Sami, just as the young reader will be inspired by this soothing story and clever book-within-a-book concept. A bedtime book that both parent and child will relish reading one more time, Don’t Turn the Page! features a surprise ending that reinforces the sense that it’s bedtime for everyone.
MY THOUGHTS: 5 OUT OF 5 FLEURS DE LIS
No kid ever willingly wants to go to bed, but a good story can rarely be stopped after only one page. This book uses a child’s own curiosity to convince them to get into bed, and just maybe, to fall asleep.
The unique thing about Don’t Turn the Page it that it has a story within a story. When you get to the end, the two stories come together in a pretty cool way.
I very much liked the illustrations in the book. The colors are muted, and this is very good if you are trying to get your child to calm down. The hedgehogs are cute, and though my son wondered why they had “sharp needles” on their backs, I think on the whole he was not threatened by them.
I think what’s cool is that you could read either part of this story separately as it’s own bedtime story, but reading it as a whole will help your child with their bedtime routine. My son is nearly six, so it’s getting hard to trick him into doing things. I would recommend this story for younger children, around 3-4.
About the Author
Rachelle Burk is a writer of fiction, nonfiction, & poetry for children, and a regular contributing writer for Scholastic Science World classroom magazine. She brings in a unique combination; not only is she an author but she is also a well known children’s entertainer.
You can find her on Facebook.