Wrong (Page) Turn! We're in the Wrong Book! by Richard Byrne
BELLA AND BEN WERE JUMPING DOWN THE STREET FROM ONE SIDE OF THE BOOK TO THE OTHER.
The two book-loving buddies, Bella and Ben, are back in another bibliographic adventure when Bella's big shaggy dog bounces right into their sack race and bumps them right out of the book, page right!
"WHERE'S MY DOG?" SAID BELLA.
There's nothing left to do but jump back, right into the gutter (not the one between sidewalk and street, but the one between the pages of the book) and look for him.But the two buddies seem to have bounced into a wholly different book--a counting book, complete with ten lollipops, nine pencils...
"WE'RE IN THE WRONG BOOK!" SAID BEN.
Bella and Ben don't have time for the countdown and exit page right again--to find themselves in a cat-and-mouse comic book chase. Clearly, they've lost their place!
The mouse pauses and suggests they find a library professional who knows where their own book is shelved, but apparently the lovely librarian comes up with the wrong Dewey Decimal number and Ben and Bella find themselves in a travel book about Egypt, staring into the inscrutable eyes of the Sphinx! Bella tries to decipher the hieroglyphics on the wall (Walk like an Egyptian!)
This story is becoming a real page turner, as the two kids flip through a twisty maze puzzle page, dodge the Big Bad Wolf, hitch a ride on a hot-air balloon, and race down a dark tunnel, in Richard Byrne's latest, We're in the wrong book! (Henry Holt, 2016), but when they've tried all the genres they can take for one day, they poke through the page to find Bella's dog waiting, looking as if he wants to say, "What took you so long?"
In an unusual tour of literary forms, author-illustrator Richard Byrne has a new metafiction outing waiting for his young readers, especially those who have enjoyed his earlier books, This book just ate my dog! and This book is out of control! These between-the-cover adventures make good selections for Book Week storytime activities.