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Stop Reading This Book!

Caroline Fernandez

Shannon O'Toole

Here’s an idea . . . turn the left page.

That way, you can go back to the beginning, close the book, and pretend you didn’t start reading this book.

It would be like going back in time . . . give it a try . . .

This heart-warming picture book using comedy and contradiction to urge children to read .

Who is the villain—the reader or the book? In this story, the book itself perceives the reader as a mischief-maker and tries to protect its pages.

It is a story of a book judging a reader by their 

"cover." In turning pages, the reader becomes the hero of their own story overcoming the challenges the book puts up to roadblock reading.

Stop Reading This Book! introduces young readers to book elements like protagonists, antagonists, conflict, and resolution and showcases themes of child empowerment, judgment and misjudgment, marginalization and inclusivity, and persistence.


Product Details


August 10, 2016

84 Pages | 6 × 9

Young Adult

ISBN 9781988761367


"A worthy addition to home, school, and public libraries." – CM: Canadian Review of Materials

About the Author:

Caroline Fernandez is an award-winning author of children’s books, magazine feature articles and blog posts. Filed away in her office is an English degree from McMaster University and a teacher of English as a second language certificate. She is the author of the popular Boredom Busters (series), Stop Reading This Book, The Adventures of Grandmasaurus (series), Asha and Baz (series) and more!  She writes, reads, and bakes in Toronto, Ontario. You can follow her on Twitter @parentclub and/or Instagram @parentclub.

About the Illustrator:

Shannon O'Toole is a Toronto based illustrator, painter and elementary school teacher. Her playful illustration work is inspired by the unique and humorous characters in her life. Aside from illustrating books for children, Shannon has exhibited her artwork in galleries across Ontario. When she is not drawing, Shannon can be found curled up with her dog, Edgar watching old movies. You can visit her online at or follow her on Instagram @shannonotooleart

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