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by Marisa Quinn-Haisu (subscribe)
My name is Marisa. I am a fiction writer, a blogger, and a freelance journalist.
Published January 24th 2019
Are you brave enough to turn the page?
Seriously Do Not Open This Book Andy Lee
Lee & McKenzie. Lake Press Books.


Seriously, Do Not Open This Book is a children's picture book written by Australian comedian and radio host Andy Lee and illustrated by Heath McKenzie. It was published by Lake Press on 1 October 2018. It is 32 pages long and retails for between $10 and $19.99 and is suitable for young children.

Seriously, Do Not Open This Book is Andy Lee's third published children's book. His first book was called Do Not Open This Book and was published on 7 September 2016. It was about a funny little monster who tries to persuade the reader not to open his book by using reverse psychology. The book shares similarities to the 1971 Sesame Street book The Monster at the End of this Book.

Lee wrote Do Not Open This Book as a gift for his sister and nephew. Lee originally only intended to publish one copy of the book for his nephew but was convinced by a friend to let a publisher do a larger print run. The success of the book surprised everyone. Do Not Open This Book sold out its print run of 60,000 copies and rocketed up the bestseller chart. Lee followed up Do Not Open This Book with a sequel in 2017 called Do Not Open This Book Again. Seriously, Do Not Open This Book is the third book in the series.

Seriously, Do Not Open This Book was a delightful book. It re-uses the same premise of Do Not Open This Book and Do Not Open This Book Again. Wizz the Monster is back and pleading with you to PLEASE not open his book again. But he's willing to forgive you for what happened last time you opened his book, ok?

The illustrations in this book were fabulous. I loved Wizz's facial expressions. He goes from angry, to panicked, to pleading, to scared, to frightened and back again. He is such a silly little monster. If you're the sort of person who likes to put on funny voices when you read picture books to kids then you will really enjoy Seriously, Do Not Open This Book.
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Why? Seriously, Do Not Open This Book is the third instalment in Andy Lee’s bestselling children’s picture book series about a little blue monster who really doesn’t want you to keep turning the pages of his book.
When: Seriously, Do Not Open This Book is a delightful book that uses persuasive language to try and convince kids not to turn the page. It is designed to get a lot of laughs out of kids making it perfect for a classroom setting or as a bedtime story.
Where: Available from your local bookstore or online retailer
Cost: $10.00 - $19.99
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