Don't Ever Look Behind Door 32

BCR Fegan

“From the very first pages, this one has the feel of a classic in-the-making.” – Literary Titan

“B.C.R. Fegan combines the whimsical spirit of a Dr. Seuss book with the spine-tingling mystery of a haunted house in his picture book Don’t Ever Look Behind Door 32.” – BlueInk (Starred Review)

Description

The magical Hotel of Hoo is a mysterious place with some very unusual occupants. As our guests explore the strange hotel, they are invited to experience everything it has to offer with just one warning… don’t ever look behind door 32.

This imaginative picture book aims to take children beyond the first ten cardinal numbers, and introduces them to the patterns of counting in a fun and accessible way. With rooms to explore and unique objects to count, children will enjoy lingering on each page as they make their way closer to the forbidden door.

Details

Publisher – TaleBlade Press

Publication Date – March 14, 2018

Format – Hardback | Paperback | Kindle | ePub

Dimensions – 8 x 10 in (254 x 203 mm)

ISBN – HB 978-0-6481019-0-1 | PB 978-0-6481019-1-8 | Kindle 978-0-6481019-2-5 | ePub 978-0-6481019-3-2

Pages – 32 pages | 32 color illustrations

Language – English

Age Range – 3 to 8

Reviews

“Don’t Ever Look Behind Door 32 is both enjoyable and educational. With thirty-one doors to explore, the book is sure to entertain young children while also reinforcing early counting skills.” – Foreword Clarion Reviews

“B.C.R. Fegan combines the whimsical spirit of a Dr. Seuss book with the spine-tingling mystery of a haunted house in his picture book Don’t Ever Look Behind Door 32.” – BlueInk (Starred Review)

“What is behind door 32? The answer isn’t what readers will expect, and the finale of the charmingly rhymed book has a pleasing twist designed to make kids chuckle with relief that nothing really terrible is lurking.” – Kirkus Reviews

“Fegan and Wen are, book by book, mastering the kiddie lit genre. With each successive book, their plots and accompanying illustrations take on more depth and even more vibrant characters. From the very first pages, this one has the feel of a classic in-the-making.” – Literary Titan

“…these are the sort of books which children return to again and again…” – The Bookbag

“The ending is excellent and unexpected. It is a good bedtime storybook for parents to read out at night and can be used for read aloud and story telling sessions in classrooms and school libraries.” – Readers’ Favorite

Characters

Jack

The Brother - Don't Ever Look Behind Door 32

Olivia

The Sister - Don't Ever Look Behind Door 32
Mr Nicholas Noo - Door 32

Mr Nicholas Noo

Activities

Did you know… each page has a secret item to count?

Can you find them all?

Door 1. One Suitcase
Door 2.
Two Clowns
Door 3.
Three Knights
Door 4.
Four Tankards
Door 5.
Five Zombies
Door 6.
Six Bolts
Door 7.
Seven Black books
Door 8.
Eight Goblins

Door 9. Nine Potions
Door 10. Ten Nails
Door 11. Eleven Slats of Wood
Door 12. Twelve Unusual Pets
Door 13. Thirteen Clubs
Door 14. Fourteen Mermaids
Door 15. Fifteen Flowers
Door 16. Sixteen Golden Shower Decorations

Door 17. Seventeen Cups
Door 18. Eighteen Candles
Door 19. Nineteen Steps
Door 20. Twenty Elves
Door 21. Twenty-one Teeth
Door 22. Twenty-two Chain-links
Door 23. Twenty-three fairies
Door 24. Twenty-four bricks

Door 25. Twenty-five Jewels
Door 26. Twenty-six Stars
Door 27. Twenty-seven Torches
Door 28. Twenty-eight Scrolls
Door 29. Twenty-nine Stripes
Door 30. Thirty Small Horns
Door 31. Thirty-one Panels
Door 32. [???]

Excerpt and Synopsis

Excerpt

 

Welcome to the magical Hotel of Hoo.
Where I’ll be your host, Mr Nicholas Noo.

I’m sure you’ll be happy in room number 1.
You’ll be my first guests; before you, I had none.
Please explore my hotel, but whatever you do,
Don’t ever look behind door 32.

Through door number 2 are the grumpy old clowns.
I don’t think they’re funny,
but they help clean the grounds.

Through door number 3 are the fidgety knights.
They itch and they scratch,
but they fix all the lights.

Through door number 4 is the room where we eat,
Whenever you’re hungry, come in, take a seat.
But just a reminder, when done with your stew,
Don’t ever look behind door 32.

Synopsis

Warning – Spoilers

When Jack and Olivia stumble upon a mysterious castle, they quickly discover that it is a magical hotel filled with strange and wonderful creatures. Mr Nicholas Noo – their friendly host – quickly ushers them to their room and invites them to explore every other room with only one solemn warning – don’t ever look behind door 32.

The curious and brave Olivia, sets off with her slightly more cautious brother to see what’s behind each door. From the grumpy clowns to the cute little elves, each door reveals something extraordinary or at least a little peculiar. Working their way from door number 1, both children progressively get closer to the forbidden door. Will curiosity take the better of them, or will they heed their host’s warning?

One thing is for certain, readers will enjoy the discovery of unique rooms, memorable rhyming and counting the objects behind each door. With a subtle emphasis on cardinal numbers and simple addition, this imaginative book effortlessly imparts foundational numeracy skills in an enjoyable and deeply satisfying way.

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