I Don't Want To Read This Book


Author: Max Greenfield

Illustrator: Mike Lowery

From actor Max Greenfield (fan-favorite "Schmidt" from television's New Girl) comes a hilarious picture book for every child who thinks they don't like to read books (and all the kids-and grownups-who do).

Words, sentences, and even worse, paragraphs fill up books. Ugh! So what's a reluctant reader to do? A feisty manifesto and appealing visual experience for those who find books thrust upon them.

With lighthearted, whimsical word-art drawings, hand-lettering, a clipped pace, and a palette dominated by a warm peach tone, the story features a wry and opinionated offstage narrator who provides metatextual commentary about the scorned book at hand. “Let me guess...Words,” says the snarky narrator about what to expect when opening the book. Some words, such as the word doubtwith its useless letter B, are “plain ridiculous.” And then there are unnecessarily large words, such as infinitesimal, which (confoundingly) means “small.” Greenfield’s gentle satire and Lowery’s genuinely entertaining cartoon translation of prose to art might charm even avid readers (who may remember once agreeing with some of the narrator’s sentiments).