Baby book review: Don’t Push the Button! A Halloween Treat by Bill Cotter

Baby Librarian Marian and her mommy Margaret review the spookily interactive board book Don’t Push the Button! A Halloween Treat by Bill Cotter.

Cover of Don't Push the Button! Halloween by Bill Cotter

Baby Librarian Marian reviews Don’t Push the Button! A Halloween Treat

Mommy read this to me three times! First at the library, and then two more times at home. In Don’t Push the Button! A Halloween Treat, a monster Marian reading Don't Push the Button! Halloween by Bill Cottergoes trick-or-treating at this spooky house. Or is it a child dressed as a monster? I’m a little confused by this Halloween thing. In the last picture, it shows a bunch of monsters, one of them dressed like an alligator, so I’m guessing these are monsters and not kids, but I could be wrong. I like the alligator costume.

I’m going to Boo at the Zoo as Phantom from Phantom of the Opera, my favorite musical. I wonder if there will be scary houses at Boo at the Zoo, like in the book? Is being scared like when I have a nightmare? If so, I don’t like it. But I am excited about the prospect of candy, though Mommy says I can’t have any. But the monsters in the book look like they love all that candy! I want some! I wonder if I scream really loudly if Mommy will give me some candy? I bet Daddy will.

Mommy Margaret reviews Don’t Push the Button! A Halloween Treat

This is a cute, interactive Halloween board book. On each page, the monster main character prompts the child to interact with the book to continue the story: ring the doorbell, open the door slowly, shout boo to scare the monsters away, etc. I love the idea of the child reader having agency in the storytelling. This would be a great Halloween book for a toddler. Unfortunately, Marian is a bit young for it right now. She did like me shouting “Boo” louder and louder, and one of the times I read it, when I said “Ring the doorbell!” she went and picked up one of her Sesame Street noise books that has an actual doorbell to ring! So she knew what I was saying! But that’s about as interactive as it got, unless you count her grabbing the book away from me.

Don’t Push the Button! is a multi-book series by Bill Cotter, and we’ll definitely be checking out more when Marian’s older.

Our baby librarians have reviewed two other Halloween books, if you want to read more!

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