Don't Slam the Door! by Dori Chaconas

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Slamming the screen door sets off a comical chain of cause-and-effect in this rollicking tale of a rambunctious family.

A slamming door may not seem like a big deal, but in this escalating tale, it can have far-reaching (and very funny) consequences — including a limping, yelping Pa; a scared, bee-stung bear; and a whole house plunged into pandemonium! In lively rhyme that’s perfect for reading aloud — complemented by Will Hillenbrand’s cozy, homespun illustrations — Dori Chaconas follows a pint-size narrator as she warns her family of the ever-more-outrageous effects of their actions. But despite her valiant efforts, things keep spiraling humorously out of control. Will she ever be able to get the house back in shape?

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Dori Chaconas is the author of many books for young readers, including Virginnie's Hat, illustrated by Holly Meade. "Our old slamming screen door was a welcome sound," she ays. It signaled the arrival of family and friends. It promised the best kind of chaos." She lives in Germantown, Wisconsin. Will Hillenbrand is the illustrator of dozens of books for young readers, including This Little Piggy by Jane Yolen, Baby Dragon by Amy Ehrlich, and Kiss the Cow! by Phyllis Root. He lives outside of Cincinnati, Ohio.
Published August 10, 2010 by Candlewick. 32 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Children's Books.

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/ A slamming door will wake the cat, / and heaven knows, we don’t want that, / so please don’t slam that door!” Of course, the hound dog does let the screen door slam, and the cat, unceremoniously awakened, wreaks havoc on Ma’s yarn.

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Hillenbrand's (Sleep, Big Bear, Sleep!) mixed-media illustrations convey a gleeful sense of motion, capturing the bucolic setting and its inhabitants via a sunny palette, dramatic facial expressions, and fun details.

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