BY B.C.R. Fegan
Illustrated by Lenny Wen
March 14, 2018/ ISBN: 978-0648101918
Children / Fiction -, Kindergarten – Grade 3, Ages 3-8
by Linda Morelli
Ever Look Behind Door 32 is an
enchanting and beautifully illustrated children’s book
that goes beyond learning the basic skills of counting from
one to ten, using the mysterious Hotel of Hoo that has mystical
and imaginative characters hiding behind the various doors
leading from Room 1 to Room 31. Naturally, the title refers
to a warning NOT to open door 32 for a very good reason, and
you’ll have to find out why yourself.
Mr. Fegan has provided a children’s book that is full
of wonderful and imaginative descriptions of the surprises
hidden behind each door, along with a rhyming narrative. It’s
written in a fun poetic style that will appeal to all children.
Because the book goes beyond the cardinal numbers 1 through
10, children can easily grasp the fundamentals of higher numbers
through characters or items that add up to the room’s
number. In short, the book provides an exciting concept of
a mystery by allowing children to discover items hidden behind
each door, while simultaneously teaching them to count to
and beyond 10.
Not enough can be said about the exquisitely rendered illustrations
throughout this 8” x 10” book from TaleBlade Press.
Each full color page has fanciful scenes that perfectly complement
the narrative. The illustrator, Lenny Wen, has rendered the
characters with expressive eyes that reveal virtually every
emotion, and settings that draw the reader into the story
with finesse and fun.
Charming and imaginative, Don’t Ever Look Behind
Door 32 is an unusual and wonderful resource for parents
who want to take their young children’s learning to
higher levels. It’s also a delightful book that of any
age children will want to read and glance through again and
Reviewer Notes: BCR Fegan is a multi-award-winning
author who has written a number of fairy tales and fantasies
for children and young adults. His other books include The
Grumpface and Henry and the Hidden Treasure.
Lenny Wen loves to draw fantasy, whose outstanding illustrations
possess a mixture of humor, emotion and imagination.