Summery: A little boy believes a tickle Monster that wants to tickle him is hiding somewhere in his home.
You Can’t Tickle Me - 48 Page Picture Book
In every family home around the world, there is a Tickle Monster waiting to tickle someone just like you!
At bedtime, when you’re trying to get a good night’s sleep, that Tickle Monster is hiding somewhere in your room.
It hides in the closet, groaning, and moaning out sounds like,
“Ahhwoooo!” and “Ohhweeeee!” Then, when you pull the covers off your head, you yell, “You Can’t Tickle Me!”
T. C. Bartlett’s beautifully drawn story will most certainly tickle your funny bone for sure.
In You Can't Tickle Me, T. C. Bartlett has given young children and their parents a wonderful tale of a small child playing hide and seek from a tickle-monster only he can see. Pen and ink drawings bring the story to life in a style reminiscent of Maurice Sendak and Edward Gorey. Parts of the drawings are done in black and white and parts in color (the monster and child, and a certain piece of lost clothing, are always done in color), and the shading and details are perfectly done.
What really makes this book special, though, are the little surprises Bartlett hides on each page. Parents and children will enjoy finding what changes from page to page, who's tickling whom, little signs of the monster here and there, and other details that perhaps only parents (or children) might enjoy. Furthermore, Bartlett has given a guide to certain details that influenced his drawings in the back of the book. This is a book that readers will go back to over and over again and find something new each time.
The vocabulary is appropriate for beginning readers, and although it is not a rhyming book, the pictures correspond enough to the text to encourage new readers to learn as they go.
I heartily recommend You Can't Tickle Me for gifting, parents, libraries, or educators, and look forward to more books by this author.
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