Review published on June 7, 2018.
Don’t Ever Look Behind Door 32 by B.C.R. Fegan is set in the magical hotel of Hoo. Two guests, a boy and a girl, enter the hotel as its first guests; they are invited to explore by the owner, who shows them around. It is then that they meet a number of the strange and unusual occupants who inhabit each room.
This is a charming children’s book full of lovely illustrations by Lenny Wen. The rhyming of the text makes it fun to read aloud or follow along, and each page contains a new illustration which provides lots of fun things to discover. The structure of the story builds the temptation to find out what is behind all of the doors, keeping children engaged with the plot, which ends with a lovely message.
For children who love unusual and supernatural creatures, it is slightly reminiscent of films such as Hotel Transylvania and the art style is a little like Despicable Me but with a lovely quirkiness of its own. This is a beautiful, fun book for children, the illustrations and text fit so well together, making it an exciting read. I would highly recommend this book; it’s lovely and excellent for counting and developing vocabulary.
Jane Cowley 5/3
Don’t Ever Look Behind Door 32 by B.C.R. Fegan
TaleBlade 9780648101918 pbk Mar 2018
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