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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 December 12th 2019
This book will drive you bonkers
The Book That Never Ends Beck & Matt Stanton
Beck & Matt Stanton. Harper Collins Australia.

Ok, Beck and Matt Stanton… you win.

I've read every book in your Books That Drive Kids Crazy series. I loved how flustered and frustrated they made my kid.

The books were clever, funny and fun.

But The Book that Never Ends broke me. It drove ME crazy and had my kid chuckling and feeling like the smarty pants.

The Book that Never Ends was published on 18 March 2019 by Harper Collins Australia. It is 32 pages long and suitable for children 4 years and older. It is the fifth book in Beck and Matt Stanton's bestselling Books That Drive Kids Crazy series.

The premise of the series are books written for children who are completely wrong. You, the grown-up, will read them the book and pretend that everything in it is correct, which will drive kids nuts because they know the book is wrong, so they will correct you. The books are a lot of fun for grown-ups and children to read together and do a good job of encouraging kids to think for themselves.

The Books that Never Ends follows a simple choose-your-own-adventure formula. The book opens with explaining what an 'end' is and then warns that no kid could ever find the end of this book… including you.

The Book that Never Ends is not an ordinary book. You're not supposed to read it from front to back like you would with a regular book. Reading this book will take you from the front of the book to the middle, almost to the end, then back to the front again as you try to find the end.

How it works is each page has a simple picture, like an inkblot, and two questions for the reader like 'If you see a butterfly, go find the lion' and 'If you see a bear, go find the tree'
How hard can it be to find the end?


It starts off simple enough.

Oh, look! A lion! It looks happy. I think I will pat it. Ok, I need to go find some socks.

Flick, flick, flick, flick, flick.

Where are the socks?

Ok, I found the socks. The socks look a little dirty. Oh, we're wearing them? Ok then. I have to go find a dog now. Gotcha.

Flick, flick, flick, flick, flick.

Flick, flick, flick, flick, flick, flick, flick, flick, flick, flick, flick, flick.

There's the dog! Found it! It wants me to turn the page. Oh, it's a magic dog now. Ok, now we have to go and find a tree…

Flick, flick, flick, flick, flick.

I have a headache now and I'm massaging my forehead. My daughter starts giggling at me and helping me turn the pages. We eventually did find the ending after much amusement and our choices sending us in circles for a long time.

The Book that Never Ends was a lot of fun to read. I enjoyed it immensely, even though it drove us crazy, but that's what makes this series so much fun.
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Why? Your choices will have you going in circles in The Book That Never Ends.
Cost: $10 - $19.99
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