I Dare You Not to Yawn

By Helene Boudreau
Illustrated by Serge Bloch

A cautionary tale about the consequences of that most contagious of conditions: yawning.

An omniscient narrator warns readers about the perils of yawning (yawns can lead to bedtime), so cautions against listening to lullabies or bedtime stories, or catching others in the process of yawning. But even a book about not yawning is likely to lead to the inevitable... The lists of perils and tonics are comically portrayed with the deceptively childlike drawings of Serge Bloch. A droll and infectious confection.

  • A bedtime story parading as an anti-bedtime story, or an anti-bedtime story morphing into a bedtime story - take your pick!
  • The book itself becomes a game, a dare, an interactive challenge - can YOU stifle a yawn while reading all about yawns?
  • Serge Bloch's hip, spare style will be familiar to adults; his use of exaggeration and distortion will make children laugh.

About the author

Hélène Boudreau is a native of Canada and has had several popular books for children published there. She lives in Markham, Ontario, Canada. Visit her website at or tweet @helenboudreau

About the illustrator

Serge Bloch is one of the most prolific and talented French illustrators working today. He has won the Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators, the Bologna Ragazzi award, and the Best Book Award in Taiwan. A native of France, Serge Bloch now divides his time between New York and Paris, where he is Artistic Director of the children's publishing house Bayard Jeunesse. Visit his website at

ISBN: 9781406343656
Imprint: Walker
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Hardback
Release Date: March 1, 2013
Dimensions: 220 x 240mm, 32pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $24.99
New Zealand RRP: $27.99
Stock Level: Out Of Stock

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