Books, Reviews

Treasure Trove Thursday – Cuteness and Monsters??

Don’t Push the Button!
by Bill Cotter
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published November 1st 2013 by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky

Book Description: There’s only one rule in Larry’s book: don’t push the button. (Seriously, don’t even think about it!)
Even if it does look kind of nice, you must never push the button. Who knows what would happen?
Okay, quick. No one is looking… push the button.
Uh, oh.

My thoughts: Don’t – well of course, means ‘Do’; and ‘not push buttons’, well, not going to happen. That is exactly what this book expects from its readers – the title makes sure of it, the words tempt us, and the bright, super-cute illustrations seal the deal.

This book is temptation for the littlest readers – the cute little devil that prompts them (and even us) to do all that parents do not want us to do – I am sure looks like Larry.

I can just hear the giggles resulting from reading this book with a room full of little ones and of course, all the pushing (the button, of course), the shaking, the tickling too. This can be a great book to read with a do what ‘Larry-Says’ type of activity for kids for play-time or just about any time! It is a great book for siblings to read together.

My 10 year old’s comments – “Humorous, last picture with all the monsters dancing around, Even though for younger kids, even older kids will enjoy it. Nice book, all in all”

My 7 year old says of the book – “Really fun, love the polka dots and love Larry, and can we push the button?”

Rating: A
Reread Level: 5/5
Reading Level: Up to 7 years (but as I said earlier, everyone has fun reading it!)

Disclaimer: Thank you to NetGalley and Bill Cotter. I received a e-ARC of the book for review. These are my honest opinions of the book. 


Thank you to Bill for providing a delightful insight into one of my new favorite characters: Larry.


I look forward to reading more of Bill’s books in the future and am sure I will enjoy the illustrations as much as I will reading the book.

How did you come up with the character of Larry the monster?

I’ve traced Larry’s origin back to a drawing I did in college called “The Monster and the Monk”. (drawing below – Thanks, Bill!) Since then, Larry kept popping up in my sketchbooks to cause mischief from time to time.

Over the years he has been simplified. The goal was to design a character that seemed to be pure expression; big round eyes, eyebrows, mouth, hands, and some horns that show his mood like the ears of a cat or dog.

Larry’s personality came from a blend of few different rambunctious toddlers I had as a pre-k art and music teacher. Basically, he is the kid in the class who can’t help but push the blocks over. A cutesie agent of chaos.

And now for the giveaway of this book for one reader (in the US only(sorry)). [ended]

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35 thoughts on “Treasure Trove Thursday – Cuteness and Monsters??

  1. I would hide in the clothing racks because I was so bored when my mother shopped for clothes. That really pushed her buttons. Now I buy most of my clothes on line but I still have to go to the store for other things and my kids hide behind displays and it really pushed my buttons.

  2. Fairly new follower of your blog; found you via book Beginnings on Fridays. So far I am enjoying your posts and I do love children's book giveaways! (Collecting for my grandson.)

  3. Ohh…I remember teasing my parents without mercy for things, or to go places. When they would say, "No", of course I would start with the "why not?"s. Heaven help me with my own little one-yikes!

  4. I used to push my mom's buttons by being obnoxious when she was on the phone. Back then we used the cord phones and I would get just out of her reach and act up!! Now my 3 year old does the exact same thing to me!!

  5. lol– Oh I'm sure I pushed my parents buttons daily — I was the only girl out of 5 kids–lol–poor mom and dad ,and yes my oldest daughter and the youngest seem to push everyones buttons those two are rebels–lol always doing something they shouldn't be with what they feel is the best reason in the world.

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