Saturday, May 25, 2013

That is NOT a Good Idea!

How many times do you have a cute and exciting children's picture book?  Mo Willems has written one called That is NOT a Good Idea!

Book Trailer for
That is NOT a Good Idea!, by Mo Willems

The book cover suggests that the chicks are watching the story unfold as a silent movie.  This makes it more fun to read, because we all know watching a movie is make-believe, so nobody actually gets hurt in this tale.  Reading is like watching a movie because as the reader (or as someone in a movie audience), you feel like you know what's going on, even if the characters in the story don't seem to know about dangers that you can see clearly.  The famous film director Alfred Hitchcock called that the key to suspense (when the audience knows about the danger, but the movie characters are unaware).

Young readers and their caregivers will get caught up in the excitement of a thrilling adventure story that resembles the old silent movies' "damsels in distress," whom the hero rescues just in time, and the villain is captured and brought to justice.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

P.S.  In writing That is NOT a Good Idea!, Mo Willems was influenced by "damsel in distress" silent movies, in which a villain places the lady in danger, only to be rescued at the last second by the hero.  In this silent movie clip, the damsel signals her faithful slobberdog who charges-in to save the day.  It would have been better if the hero had been a feline.  Just saying. 

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