DO NOT TOUCH THIS BOOK
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Some information I already knew, but there was much I didn't know about. The book is written in a simple way which I think will appeal to any reader, but I was. This item:Don't Touch This Book! by Bill Cotter Board book $ . As a preschool story time leader, I am always on the lookout for interactive picture books. Be the first to ask a question about Don't Touch This Book! by Bill Cotter Time for a Bath by Phillis Gershator Where Did All the Dinos Go? by Jim Benton.
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Mar 18, Kirsti Call rated it really liked it Shelves: Reminds me of my life--everyone wanting to pull my curls and watch them bounce! Mar 30, Adrianna Ibrahim rated it it was amazing Shelves: It came as a surprise to me when I first learned that this is a common occurrence for black women--surely it's common sense to keep your hands to yourself?
Apparently not. So, unfortunately, this book needs to exist, and fortunately, it is well done, with bright watercolors and a cute story. Mar 20, Sam S rated it it was amazing. I don't usually add the kids books I read to my children too many to record , but this is a really good one. It teaches about feelings and boundary setting in a way that is relatable to young readers.
The illustrations are also beautiful. Apr 11, Kelly rated it really liked it Shelves: Great message for kids about personal boundaries and speaking up for yourself. Dec 22, Tracey rated it really liked it Shelves: This was such a relatable picture book. As a black woman, I have had my hair touched without permission more times than I can remember. This book handles that situation very well. The artwork is colorful and eye-catching.
I liked the humor for each bizarre scenario when the protagonist was trying to avoid having her hair touched. Since it's for children, the profanities re left out of the conversation but the message gets across clearly to the reader. The message about this book should be read along with the story itself. I think it'd be a great story time book for kids to learn about boundaries. Also, shout out to Kheryn Callender for editing this book.
They are freaking awesome. Nov 29, A Allen rated it really liked it. I love that Aria loves her hair. I love the positive words that she uses to describe it. The book gets a little weird in the middle when she is running from monkeys, aliens, mermaids, and such. It feels odd to me when people trying to violate consent is presented as "funny" because I worry that children won't take consent seriously. However, I understand that Miller wanted to keep the book light-hearted. In the end, Aria tells people not to touch without permission.
Then people ask her if they can touch her hair and they respect that she says no to them.
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She also says yes in one picture. Overall, I liked this book. Feb 04, Jodi Masters rated it it was amazing Shelves: Aria has beautiful hair and everyone loves it and wants to touch it. Every where she goes hands reach out to touch her hair without her permission and it makes her unhappy. Aria struggles to find a way to embrace her beautiful hair while keeping other people from making her uncomfortable.
As she journeys through the book, the encounters go from realistic to unreal. Finally she just tries to avoid everyone so they won't touch her hair, but she gets lonely. In the end, Aria learns how to teach oth Aria has beautiful hair and everyone loves it and wants to touch it. In the end, Aria learns how to teach others how she wants to be treated.
This funny picture book looks at boundaries and consent, a very relevant topic in society today, in a way that even small children can understand. Even though we want children to embrace who they are and to learn about what makes us different from each other, they need to learn how to do it in a respectful way. Children have the right to not be hugged or touched and this is a great way to teach them that they can say no.
I chose this book because my own daughter does not like to be hugged and it was a struggle to get people to understand that it was nothing personal against them, it was just because my daughter did not like the sensation of being hugged. It is important for children to know that they can speak up if they are uncomfortable and that they need to ask a person's permission before they touch them, even if the touch is complimentary or positive as we saw in the book.
Because the attention that Aria receives appears to be positive, children might be confused about why Aria is frustrated and it might help children relate with the emotion better if the tone used is forceful and annoyed. I also think it's important to ask questions during the book so that children can understand what they are looking for throughout the book.
For example, at the beginning of the book it might help to ask "If everyone is being so nice to Aria, why is she upset? This is also a great way to teach children how to deal when they ask for permission to touch something or someone and the answer is no.
Jan 23, Baby Bookworm rated it it was amazing Shelves: Hello, friends! Aria has a full head of dark, soft, beautiful curls, and she loves them! Others love them too; the problem is, they love them so much that they always want to touch her hair, even without asking first.
Aria HATES this — she tries to dodge their fingers, but no matter what she does or where she goes, someone wants to feel her curls. Even going underwater, or high in a castle to Hello, friends!
Finally, Ari learns that to get others to stop, she must stand up for herself: Teaching important lessons in consent and agency, the ecstatically colorful illustrations and fierce, self-possessed protagonist carry the story through fun and fantastic locations while keeping the core emotions and concepts grounded in reality.
The length was great, and JJ loved it. A book for every little one and big one! Mar 03, Holly Mueller rated it really liked it Shelves: The cover of this book immediately drew me in because having daughters with extremely curly hair and being curly-headed myself, I knew I would relate to the title!
It was a little different than I expected since it was more about setting personal boundaries than hating to have people touch your hair because of messing it up, feeling the coarseness of it or the hair products, and other feelings of insecurity.
It also doesn't go into some of the negative reactions of some people and very curly hai The cover of this book immediately drew me in because having daughters with extremely curly hair and being curly-headed myself, I knew I would relate to the title! It also doesn't go into some of the negative reactions of some people and very curly hair, which my daughters and I have experienced.
So in some ways, I was pleasantly surprised. As the Goodreads summary says, "Author-illustrator Sharee Miller takes the tradition of appreciation of black hair to a new, fresh, level as she doesn't seek to convince or remind young readers that their curls are beautiful--she simply acknowledges black beauty while telling a fun, imaginative story.
Aria is all about how awesome her hair is, but not wanting the personal invasion of everyone wanting to touch it. This message can go way beyond hair and is a timely one!
Dec 26, Tasha rated it really liked it Shelves: Aria lovers her fluffy, touchable hair but others love it a bit too much for her comfort. It seems like every time she leaves the house, someone is reaching out to feel her hair. She tries going to the ocean to get away from everyone, but even the mermaids want a touch. The same thing happens when she heads to the jungle or the castle.
The only place she can find peace is on a deserted island, but she gets too lonely there. When she returns home, Aria figures out the power of setting boundaries Aria lovers her fluffy, touchable hair but others love it a bit too much for her comfort. When she returns home, Aria figures out the power of setting boundaries and not allowing others to touch her without her permission.
Written in a wonderfully accessible way, this picture book will speak to children who are always having their hair touched, particularly African-American girls who wear their natural hair. The incorporation of whimsical settings makes the entire book feel lighter and a bit playful. The seriousness of being able to say no to others, even adults, is the final part of the book and is handled perfectly with just the right tone.
The art in this picture book is bright and friendly. Humor adds a nice touch to this book about the importance of being able to demand respect for your body and hair.
Appropriate for ages Dec 16, Jared White rated it it was amazing Shelves: Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Sep 23, Lola rated it it was ok Shelves: I admit, I did not check the genres or read the entire blurb before picking the book up, but only because I was sure I knew what I was about to get myself into. I was so wrong. I had as idea that it would involve paranormal elements.
It is a contemporary. Including mental illness and its struggle as main topic. Maybe it is really me…but I found this unrealistic and dragging. You see, the main character, Caddie, is afraid of touching or being touched. She thinks that, if someone even puts their little finger on her, something very bad will happen to her familiy. More than it already has, since her parents are actually separated. Maybe it is possible but, to me, it did not feel plausible the way it went into the story.
It was cute yet too perfect. Peter was sweet, not innocent, but nice to her, As well as too understanding and patient, which bothered me because Caddie was annoying wanting but at the same time fearing getting close to him. It was just too overwhelming. Especially since touching a little was part of the play she was acting in—and was one of the main characters, to be precise. Well, in fact, when I was half way through, I felt like the story could have ended in the next 50 pages or so.
That, in a way, has a positive side since, by thinking it could have ended way earlier, it also means that the characters were developed enough for me to not need them to be present more or just get to know them better.
The writing was good but there were too many dialogs. Although, linked to the writing, what was interesting was learning about the characters through their ''voices. The story in general is… okay. Because I know the ending. And way too much about Ophelia. View all 51 comments. This book was totally unexpected. The words at the back of the cover were kind of misleading so when I picked the book up, I was ready for something paranormal but what I got was a story about mental illness.
Instead of being disappointed though, I was actually surprised to end up liking the overall theme of the story. I also quite enjoyed the major setting- a theater school. It set up the direction of the plot and gave the entire story more color and intrigue because of course, Shakespeare!
I ap This book was totally unexpected. View all 14 comments. Oct 11, Natalie Monroe marked it as to-read. This is supposed to be a problem-driven contemporary very serious stuff here , but when I saw that title, I thought of this: What is maturity? Mar 29, Melanie rated it really liked it Shelves: See more reviews at YA Midnight Reads 4. Either they are completely unrealistic and overdone or they just show blatantly, how little the author knows about that mental illness.
Our main character, Caddie, suffers from OCD and anxiety. That her father will come back to her mother and her brother and herself.
So the game goes on. And then the game gets in the way of her goal to become an actress. She wears gloves to school, long sleeves.
All covered up so no skin shows. So no one can touch her. Throughout the novel, just watching her battle with her mental illness was truly spectacular and moving. I was rooting for her at every page. Mandy used to be really close with Caddie during primary school, but they drifted apart after Caddie got weird. But now, Mandy comes back really enthusiastic and nice.
I adored her vibrant nature and how kind she was to Caddie despite her odd behaviour. Oscar could always leave a grin on my face with his arrogant but humourous remarks, and that hug at the end! Peter, of course, was the best. He was so sweet and honest to Caddie. I have never been a fan of Shakespeare, but after reading this, I am really excited about picking up Hamlet.
I loved how the play was incorporated into this novel—not just for the purpose of it being a play that Caddie wants to audition for—but also because how it draws parallels with the characters in this debut. Ophelia and Caddie actually have a lot in common as it turns out, and the play is also used well as something that helps Caddie through her journey to battle her demons. Highly recommended!
View all 5 comments. Review and Playlist also posted at Young Adult Hollywood. Listen to my Don't Touch on 8tracks. I was blown away. There are some misconceptions, to be clear, there are no magical, superpowers involved, or any lethal touch going on in this book.
What started as a harmless thought suddenly grew into an obsession, that is now starting to affect her ambition as an actress, making friends and kissing the boy she likes. It delivers this disorder realistically. I find myself Icatching my breath slowly processing everything. I was hooked from the very first page.
Caddie is such a great protagonist. I can empathize with her struggles. No one should fault her for feeling that way. It was certainly liberating reading her point of view and perception about her anxiety. The supporting characters are all great additions. They are one of my favorite things about this book!
They keep the story going with great banter, heartwarming understanding for Caddie and her OCD. We need more people like them in the real world. Everyone is well-developed and written. I want to read more about them. The romance is cute, adorable and perfect in every sense.
Their relationship falls into the insta-love category and while I usually despise that, Wilson perfectly crafts the progress and development of their friendship. This is the book of my soul. It tells a fantastic story about a girl who have OCD.
There is no filter.. It is so beautiful and unforgettable. View 2 comments. Reading this book felt like walking on glass. Any wrong move could make the glass shatter-- any little thing can make me completely love or hate the book. Until this moment of writing this review, I could suddenly realize little things and lower or raise my rating. This book's a fragile read for me, if you can call it that. One positive thing about the book was the theatrical aspect.
I loved all the theater-talk and scenes related to the characters' roles in their school play , and all the those t Reading this book felt like walking on glass. I loved all the theater-talk and scenes related to the characters' roles in their school play , and all the those things. I myself want to try out theater some day in fact I plan to join our drama club next year , so I really enjoyed these scenes from the book. Another thing I liked was the realistic involvement of parents in the novel.
Both also had ambitions they wanted to fulfill, hence their short attention span. Caddie also had a little brother who, at first, was kind of cold to her but ended up being really supportive. He reminds me of my own brother.
Each character also had a distinct personality, although it's sad to say that I was more invested in the minor characters' stories than in the main characters'. Caddie and Peter weren't bad characters, but I guess the elegant writing made me feel uninterested in them. There was also the problem that I don't know what it feels like to have OCD, so sometimes Caddie was creeping me out.
Don't touch this book! by Jan van Helsing (4 star ratings)
Caddie had a great group of friends who I just loved. They were there for her when she needed them, but they also got into fights like real friends would. They also had a great passion for acting, which I wish more people in the world had as well. Olivia was especially endearing. The romance was okay.
But overall, I liked Peter as an individual. He made decisions for himself and was a really good friend to Caddie. It was a heavy read made lighter by the adorable side characters and very friendly love interest.
View all 4 comments. Sep 16, Kelly added it Shelves: That's noteworthy in and of itself because sometimes they can feel like they're explaining the point; this one does not. Caddie's relationship with Peter is sweet and satisfying throughout the entire book, and the ending they got was what was deserved. Though this book tackles mental health, it's perfectly fine for younger YA readers.
There's theater in here, and the way Wilson weaves in Hamlet and Ophelia is smart, savvy, and not cliched nor a reach.
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Longer review to come but this book is really worthwhile. Everything about this book is amazing even the authors note. All opinions are my own. Please read my rating system further below.
As someone with anxiety, I definitely was a little hesitant to request and to read a book that deals with a mental illness that I suffer. I am so glad that I did read Don't Touch. Not only has Rachel M. I love the protagonist Caddie, but I loved the supporting characters even more. They all made me giddy and hysterical, especially Oscar. I also really liked the relationship between Caddie and Peter that developed throughout the novel.
I especially liked how careful Peter was about being near Caddie, and how he helped her overcome her anxiety. Overall, I really enjoyed reading Don't Touch. I loved how it could make me feel all emotions, and I would definitely recommend to readers who are looking for a less "fluffy" contemporary. My rating system: I do use half stars. Not because a book might not be worthy, but because a book is never perfect.
There weren't too many flaws, and I had no trouble getting through it. A 4 star rating is the highest rating I've ever given a book. View 1 comment. Jun 16, Clarissa rated it it was amazing Shelves: I remember seeing this title pop up on the Epic Reads Fall Cover Reveals blog post and was immediately intrigued not only by the gorgeousness that is that cover, but the plot summary itself.
Hence when I saw this baby pop up on Edelweiss I could n 5 amazing, undoubtedly well deserved stars. Hence when I saw this baby pop up on Edelweiss I could not help requesting it and squealed like the fangirl I unabashedly am when I saw I had been approved. I'll try to keep my gushing to a minimum in this review, but before I go into anything just let it be known that this was such an enjoyable read for me and I loved every second of it. Initially going into this book I did not know what to expect.
Truth be told the second I saw the words Hamlet and Ophelia in the synopsis I was sold. I adored Hamlet when I read it back in Grade 11 English and this book just reignited that love and made me remember everything I felt about it in the first place.
But the play aside, this is not a book about Hamlet. The Plot: Don't Touch is the story of our main character Caddie, who as the synopsis suggests, comes to a new school for the arts and finds herself auditioning for the role of Ophelia. However while overcoming the challenges of arriving at a new school, Caddie is facing an incredibly rough patch in her home life as well. Her parents are separating and this drastic change is not an easy one for her brother nor her to accept.
Caddie's parent's problems began years ago while she was in middle school, the same time that she invented the game, born from the depths of her anxiety called Don't Touch. Don't touch protects me from pain. Like an overzealous bodyguard whose last client died shaking hands. There are so many things in the world that can make you hurt, and people - people do it best. If I can't touch them, they can't hurt me. There's a flaw in that logic But my games have never been logical.
For Caddie "Don't Touch" is her way of protecting herself and her family. The belief began back in her middle school days, the early days of her parents fighting and this belief is that if she let herself be touched or touch anyone then her parents would split up.
Later this becomes the fierce belief that if she lets herself be touched, her father will not come back to them, and her family falling apart will be completely her fault.
Her mentality very much parallels the old superstition: Step on a crack, break your mother's back. This story follows Caddie as she deals with this belief and as one can gather, going through life as a teenage actress afraid of being touched is no easy task at all. There were so many things I loved about this novel and I want to touch haha touch.. To me that makes this book all the more special as it was written by someone who perhaps didn't experience the exact same issues as Caddie did, but from someone who had first hand insight into the complexities of something like a mental illness.
In this novel Caddie suffers from extreme anxiety, and while I cannot say I have been in the same situation as she was, I was able to relate to her character immensely. The portrayal of anxiety was so believable and exceedingly well done - I cannot say enough good things about this and I think anybody even if you don't suffer from anxiety would be able to relate to and understand what life would be like in Caddie's shoes.
Then we have Caddie's character, oh Caddie. Her character development in this novel was fantastic and such a joy to read. Seeing her open up to her new friends and reconnect with Mandy warmed my heart. Her relationship with Peter was definitely a slow burner and there were times where I just wanted to shake her and yell "oh just KISS him already.
I loved seeing her grow in this book and slowly but surely overcome her illness and let go, releasing control of her life. My heart went out to her as she dealt with her parents divorce, she really had such a rough time with everything, but seeing her persevere through and come out stronger was beautiful and incredibly uplifting. Other Tidbits of Awesomeness Even though this book deals with a serious issue it is absolutely freaking adorable and laugh out loud hilarious.
Seriously I had the widest grin on my face the entire time.
Peter and Caddie's interactions were so cute and really reminded me of Schroeder and Heart's dynamic in Ask Again Later , but even besides them I loved the entire cast of characters.
I love the camaraderie that was felt between the members of the cast and the entire atmosphere of being in a play in general. I loved Oscar's cockiness, Livia's impulse gung ho life style and Mandy's snark and sass. This is such a vibrant group of characters and their interactions made this such a great read.
Besides the characters I thought this book was incredibly well written, the writing style is beautiful without ever coming across as flowery or overstated and was a very fitting narrative for the story as a whole. I LOVED yikes I'm just realizing how much I keep saying the word love the fact that the play they were performing was Hamlet and the parallels that were drawn between Ophelia and Caddie.
It was so well done and just added another layer of complexity to Caddie's entire situation. Final Thoughts As if I haven't already said it enough, I loved this book. This was such a fantastic debut novel for Ms.
Rachel Wilson and I will definitely be reading and eagerly anticipating anything else that she writes. This is definitely one of the best YA contemporaries that I have ever read - it was the perfect balance of cute and serious without ever coming across as nauseating or depressing. It is both light hearted and incredibly insightful and I'm so happy I got the chance to read it early.
All quotes were taken from an Advanced Uncorrected Proof and are subject to change. Advanced Reader's Copy was provided through edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Powerful and gripping, Don't Touch was virtually a favorite of mine simply from the concept itself as it follows two things that I find fascinating: Luckily, the execution itself is just as well-done as the synopsis, and Rachel M.
Wilson creates a story that both lingers and provokes thought. Ever since her parents divorced, Caddie has been afraid of being touched or touching someone else ; believing that if she does, something horrible will happen to her family.
Don't to Powerful and gripping, Don't Touch was virtually a favorite of mine simply from the concept itself as it follows two things that I find fascinating: But when Caddie signs up for drama class, she realizes that if she wants to play the role of Ophelia, she'll have to touch Peter, who is auditioning for Hamlet. Part of her would like nothing better than to touch him, but the other side of her just can't ignore the consequences of what might happen if she does Caddie herself is a wonderful character that you can't help but sympathize for.
Her fear is illogical and nonsensical to us, and there are times when you will admittedly just want to kick her for not being able to see the obvious. But, mostly, you'll feel sorry for how badly she's been blinded by this fear; and you'll find yourself rooting for her to overcome it step by step.
The supporting characters are impressively developed as well. From Caddie's fabulous group of friends that take her for who she is, to her parents, to her younger brother - the development in them is not lacking one bit.
They each have their own distinct personalities and backstories that make them incredible and intriguing in their own rights; and it just makes the story that much more vibrant and intriguing.
The romance is a big part of the story here, and, in my opinion, it absolutely delivered. The romance between Caddie and Peter is slow-burning, but once it hits, it doesn't stop coming. The chemistry between the two is absolutely fantastic, and I found Peter to be a fabulous and supportive love interest that complimented Caddie perfectly. Wilson handled it absolutely wonderfully.
You really get a hand's on look at what it's like for people who have to live with this condition on an everyday basis, and it really gets you thinking. I cannot recommend this enough - especially to those who suffer from anxiety or OCD themselves. This really changes your outlook on what these individuals have to go through, and you'll find Caddie's journey both inspiring and thought-provoking.
First reaction was 4 stars, but honestly it's 5. This I'm going to remember it for a long time. Full review to come in March! Where to begin? This book blew me away. I was expecting to like it why else would I have read it, right? After I finished, I couldn't sleep. Literally, I just stayed awake, in deep thought.
When I first decided I wanted to read Don't Touch which I had initially overlooked, mainly because I saw mention of "drama class" and Hamlet, which in hindsight would have been a huge mistake , I wasn't sure how much I would connect to Caddie. Sure Wow. Sure, she had some issues, but they were mainly sensory issues or so I'd assumed.
She was into theater, and artsy stuff. As it turned out, Caddie and I are far more alike than I care to admit. But for the sake of explaining my connection to this story, I think it is vital that I do.
See, Caddie isn't afraid of touch, per se. She is afraid of what the touch may bring upon her, her family, those around her. She is consumed by "magical thoughts", in which she feels as though she can somehow control her surroundings by modifying her behavior, doing specific routines, and in this case, not allowing anyone to touch her skin. I had and in the spirit of honesty, still have many of these such thoughts and reactions.
For years probably since I was around seven , I was convinced that if I fell asleep on my back, the phone would ring indicating that a relative had passed away.
Did I know logically that it was ridiculous? Of course. As does Caddie. But that doesn't stop the compulsion from being there.
The fear and anxiety overwhelms you until you simply can't help but follow through with the thought or behavior. The way Rachel M. Wilson writes this is so honest, so completely accurate that I actually had to regain my composure before continuing. An Easter Surprise. A Halloween Treat. All Kinds of Child Faces!
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Showing of reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Hardcover Verified Purchase. Larry the monster is back and boy am I glad! As a preschool story time leader, I am always on the lookout for interactive picture books. Don't Push The Button is a solid story time favorite, and this book promises all the same interactive possibilities plus more. Larry has rainbow colors this time, and this book is indeed a visual treat.
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