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I Dare You Not to Yawn

I Dare You Not to Yawn

Spring 2013 Picture Books
Ages: 4 & Up
Author: Helene Boudreau
Illustrator: Serge Bloch
Publisher: Candlewick Press
ISBN: 9780763650704
Hardcover Price: $15.99

I Dare You Not to Yawn is perhaps the most effective bedtime story ever written. It stars a toddler desperate not to yawn because, well, we all know what happens next. Even if you are in the midst of "building the tallest block tower in the history of the universe," an escaped yawn will have you sent upstairs to change for bed. Next come bedtime stories, then sleepy-time songs, before you finally find yourself tucked in bed wondering just how you got there.

The book offers pointers for things to avoid when you are trying not to yawn, all of which sound, come to think of it, very pleasant. These include snuggly things and stories, and cats who might yawn first before spreading it to you. In fact, this quick read along makes yawning and its trappings sound simply irresistible. Good night!

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