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Don’t Ever Look Behind Door 32
BY B.C.R. Fegan
Illustrated by Lenny Wen

TaleBlade Press
March 14, 2018/ ISBN: 978-0648101918
Children / Fiction -, Kindergarten – Grade 3, Ages 3-8

Reviewed by Linda Morelli


Don’t 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 again

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.

Reviewed 2018