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Warning: Do Not Open This Book!

Illustrated by Matthew Forsythe

You really shouldn't be opening this book.

I'm serious.

Just put it back on the shelf.

Right... now.

You're still reading this?

Well, don't say I didn't warn you...

It looks like a book, it feels like a book, it even smells like a book, but watch out... madness and mayhem lie within. Debut author Adam Lehrhaupt encourages readers NOT to take a walk on the wild side in this humorous interactive book for little ones. And Eisner Award-winning comic artist and illustrator, Matthew Forsythe's quirky, inventive and engaging illustrations will delight readers of all ages.

Photograph by Steffen Thalemann

Adam Lehrhaupt’s first picture book, Warning: Do Not Open This Book!, received the E.B. White Read Aloud Honor Award, was an ALA Notable Book, and a Huffington Post Notable Book. School Library Journal called it, “More fun than a barrel of monkeys.” He is also the author of Please, Open This Book!, which was named a Wanda Gag Comstock Read Aloud Honor Book and Idea Jar. Adam has traveled to six continents, performed on Broadway, and lived on a communal farm. He currently lives in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with his wife, sons, and two bizarre dogs. Visit him online at


Matthew Forsythe is an award-winning comic book artist and illustrator. His first children’s book, My Name Is Elizabeth! by Annika Dunklee, was a named a 2011 New York Times Notable Children’s Book. His first comic, Ojingogo, was nominated for an Eisner Award and won a Doug Wight Award for Best Experimental Comic. His illustrations have appeared in many publications including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Formerly the lead designer on the animated series Adventure Time on the Cartoon Network, he now lives in Canada and is working on his next book. Visit him at

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's UK (January 30, 2014)
  • Length: 32 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781471121180

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