cover image Do Not Disturb

Do Not Disturb

Nancy Tafuri. Greenwillow Books, $12.95 (24pp) ISBN 978-0-688-06541-6

""It was the first day of summer . . . '' and a familysets up camp near a small lake. Knapsacks, a fishing pole, a red inner tube, a kite and a soccer ball are some of the things they bring with them. They alsounintentionallybring noise and disturb the wildlife in the area. The tables are turned at nightfall, when the family tries to sleep while the animals are up and``disturbing'' the woodland quiet. Tafuri's semiwordless picture-book format worked well in Rabbit's Morning. Here, even though there is a strong sense of activity, the book lacks continuity. The bold, colorful illustrations do not flow from one doublespread to the next and the children seem almost like caricatures. Ages 4-8. (April)