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There are many things you should never, ever, ever do. Like sit next to a porcupine on the subway (ouch!). Or hold hands with a lobster (double ouch!). Or take a shark to the dentist (triple ouch!). Bestselling author JUDI BARRETT and imaginative illustrator JOHN NICKLE give us a raucous look at the perils of taking giraffes to the movies, goats to the library, and pigsThere are many things you should never, ever, ever do. Like sit next to a porcupine on the subway (ouch!). Or hold hands with a lobster (double ouch!). Or take a shark to the dentist (triple ouch!). Bestselling author JUDI BARRETT and imaginative illustrator JOHN NICKLE give us a raucous look at the perils of taking giraffes to the movies, goats to the library, and pigs out to lunch...and other such silly stuff....

Title : Never Take a Shark to the Dentist (and Other Things Not to Do)
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ISBN : 9781416907244
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 34 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Never Take a Shark to the Dentist (and Other Things Not to Do) Reviews

  • StephanieWeatherly
    2019-04-29 10:03

    While I am not sure my kids totally understand why this book is so funny, they always choose to read it at night. They love the page with the giraffe at the movies and the ants at the picnic.

  • Meghan Hunt
    2019-04-30 05:06

    Wonderfully silly!

  • Remya
    2019-05-15 10:23

    My three year old had a hard time figuring out the funny side of the book.may be it is for the older kids!

  • Nicola
    2019-04-26 09:12

    Miss 3 and I like to explore different books and authors at the library, sometimes around particular topics or themes. We try to get different ones out every week or so; it's fun for both of us to have the variety and to look at a mix of new & favourite authors.This was a random picture book that I chose. I didn't like it. I didn't like the repetitive 'never' through the book or the message that gives and Miss 3 ASD didn't understand the humour.

  • Shannon
    2019-05-14 11:10

    This book is just ok. The illustrations are cute, and it's short enough that it will probably hold a child's attention.

  • Tracy Morton
    2019-04-25 11:10

    This book tells the children all kinds of things that you should not do with different kinds of animals. It has very little text. I am not sure if a very young audience would get it though.

  • Mirko Liang
    2019-05-24 05:19


  • Kelly
    2019-04-25 08:06

    Very simple, quick book.

  • Liz
    2019-05-20 07:19

    Not great for reading out loud--better for reading alone.

  • Amy Forrester
    2019-05-09 09:10

    In this hilarious book readers are cautioned that there are some things you just shouldn’t do, such as going shoe shopping with a centipede or holding hands with a lobster. It’s also a bad idea to sit next to a porcupine on the subway or invite an ant to a picnic. After the list of “Nevers,” the readers are left with one “Always.” “Always go shopping with a pelican.”The book establishes a formula that builds up to the “Always” twist on the very last page. Each two page spread features one line of text on the left hand side of the page and a humorous illustration of why it’s a horrible idea on the right. The dead pan text is printed in large font against a white background. The acrylic illustrations depict animals engaging in human activities, such as shopping, watching movies, jumping rope, and going to the bank. The anthropomorphic animals also wear clothes and their facial expressions and body language help to deliver the punch line of the jokes. Full Review at Picture-Book-a-Day:

  • Amy
    2019-05-13 03:07

    This book is filled with silly situations. It must be presented so that the students can see the pictures in order for the words to be understood. Each page is a “never take a …” animal and situation given with a cleverly illustrated picture for effect. One page is “never take a raccoon to the bank” with all of the customers holding their hands in the air because they think the raccoon is a robber. Another situation is “never take a giraffe to the movies” with the neck of the giraffe blocking the screen from all the viewers and the giraffes head poking up through the ceiling of the theater. The final page is, “But always take a pelican with you shopping!”. The pelican’s pouch can hold all of your bags!

  • Kellee
    2019-05-01 10:22

    Full review at: combination of Judi Barrett’s humorous DO NOTs and John Nickle’s fantastic illustrations, this book just cracked me up! It is not only a perfect read aloud to suck students in, it is definitely a book that can be used in the classroom. First, each instance has something not to do (Never take a shark to the dentist) with cartoony illustrations, but doesn’t elaborate after that. What would happen? Why wouldn’t you ____? A great cause and effect discussion. These little DO NOTs would also be perfect prompts to get students writing. It can be a prompt for a humorous narrative or for an expository essay about why not do to do these things.

  • Melanie, Aaron, Annie, and Mary Project
    2019-05-14 07:17

    Read by: AaronAuthor: Judi Barrett Illustrator: John NickleGenre: FantasyInterest Level: PreK-3Grade Level Equivalent: N/AReplete with comical images of animals and insects displaying anthropomorphism, this short book is sure bring a smile to children's faces. With the exception of the final pages, each example is described with a single sentence beginning with the word "Never," so repetition is certainly a key component. Many sight words are used in the simple sentences, so it woud be a good go-to source to illustrate the proliferation of sight words; however, it also introduces the students to more complex words as well, such as porcupine and centipede.

  • Megan (ReadingRover)
    2019-04-30 09:05

    I wasn't too impressed by this book. It was all about animals and what you shouldn't do with them. You shouldn't sit next to a porcupine on the subway or bring a giraffe to the movies. It was really just a bunch of statements that were meant to be funny but they weren't because that's all they were just statements. There weren't any funny explanations why. Also the illustrations were of a bunch of annoyed animals. Nothing hysterically funny. The illustrations themselves were bright and bold but they weren't enough to carry the book.

  • Sara ♥
    2019-04-27 07:21

    This was a cute little book I read at the library today... It had funny stories about things you shouldn't do with particular animals. My favorite was probably "Never see a movie with a giraffe."... The page unfolded upwards, showing the giraffe's neck extending way way up, blocking part of the projector, with its head sticking out of the building through a hole in the roof... SO funny!

  • Erin
    2019-05-24 05:09

    A fun boisterous story from the author of the classic, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Judy Barrett. A great story for preschool age children and older reluctant readers. Great illustrations too.

  • Mary
    2019-04-29 06:23

    This is a book about things that one should never do…it’s a great way for kids to talk about different animals and why it would be less than ideal to do the things that the book suggests. The pictures are brilliant to go along with the text, and it inspires a good deal of critical thinking. It would be a good book to read aloud to children.

  • Christy
    2019-05-03 09:21

    This is a very cute book! It tells about all the things you shouldn't do!!!! The illustrations are great. I smiled all the way through the story. My favortite part was at the end when the author says BUT... ALways go shopping with a peligan-illustrations show pelican holding all of the new toys in its mouth.

  • The Bookloft
    2019-05-15 04:33

    Laugh out loud fun! Pages & pages of vibrant illustrations & instructions for life. You'll learn why not to invite an ant to a picnic (they invite all their friends) and other important lessons.The text is simple (a 3-year-old will get most of the jokes) but still thought-provoking.Why should you never take a raccoon to the bank? You will have to read it to find out.

  • Laura
    2019-04-30 04:31

    While I was fairly entertained by this book, it wasn't one that I would want to read over and over again. Most of the lines were amusing and the illustrations were comical, but I just wasn't that in to it. I might recommend in the future.*Taken from my book reviews blog:

  • Kristin Carlson
    2019-04-26 03:18

    Students may not like to go see the dentist but this story is a fun way to change their outlook on the dentist and other things they may not enjoy doing. Explaining to them that it is not a scary thing to have their teeth cleaned but can be fum. We face many different things we don't like to do but we can overcome them when we have a new outlook on the thing that needs to get done.

  • Rebecca Ann
    2019-05-18 06:16

    Bahahahah. This was cute and funny, sure to be a hit at storytime. The illustrations are rich, bright, and semi-relaistic. Each page is a joke telling you what not to do with a certain animal. The ending has a slight twist. Perfect for early elementary, you can ask the group "why not?" after each picture.

  • Lindsey
    2019-05-05 09:21

    This is a great book for young readers. It is something that they will find absolutely hilarious as the book list "things not to do" and leaves them with one thing that they should do. It would fun to branch off of this book and have students come up with their own "never" or "always" and have them illustrate it.

  • Stephanie
    2019-05-14 09:33

    This humorous book illustrates scenarios you should not do. Most of them you would have never though about, such as taking a shark to the dentist, or taking a giraffe to the movies. This book is not only a good laugh, but it can also be a fun way to teach others the personalities of certain animals and insects.

  • Deanna
    2019-05-02 06:07

    I gave this book a high rating because the message is not bluntly stated in the text. The children have to figure out, using illustrations and inductive reasoning, why you "shouldn't take a shark to the dentist" or a "giraffe to the movies."

  • Hannah
    2019-04-25 06:06

    It was cute, O loved it, but it also sparked a LOT of questions. Such as "why not?" on You might want to have Google on hand to explain why lobsters have claws and to pull up photos of old-school bandits to explain why a raccoon shouldn't go to the bank.

  • Haley
    2019-05-12 09:28

    I think this book would be very entertaining for young readers. It has a sense of humor that many kids will understand and enjoy as they read. The illustrations help bring the story to life as well and makes it more humorous.

  • Beth
    2019-05-15 11:24

    The page for recommendation not to take a giraffe with you to the moves was a favorite because the page folds open to see the giraffe watching the movie on a TV near pigeons on the roof and with a very long straw. They also agreed not to share your lunch with a pig.

  • Siskiyou-Suzy
    2019-05-25 06:15

    Silly, entertaining book. I'm excited to use it to ask the kids why about each never -- some are more obvious than others! It took me far too long on the moth page. I couldn't figure out why the moth had forks. Anyway, that adds a nice interactive element, and I'm sure children will like it.

  • Robin
    2019-05-23 07:26

    The funniest one, to me, was "Never take a raccoon to the bank." Looking for materials for storytime and I read through this one. Very cute but I don't think toddlers will get it. Better for older kids.