Would you rather… By John Burningham





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Decisions, decisions. ‘Would you rather…’ is a simple story book, packed full of questions to really get you and your children thinking.


‘Would you rather have… supper in a castle, breakfast in a balloon or tea on a river?

Would you rather be made to eat… spider stew, slug dumplings, mashed worms or drink snail squash?’

Every page of this book poses a new question with at least three options. The questions are a bit silly and a lot of fun! Your kids will love it!

Why I love it:

The ‘Would you rather…’ game is something we play as a family on long car trips. We take it in turns to pose gross things to eat or scary natural disasters to be caught in and it entertains us for longer than it probably should! It’s fun and a book like this really helps to engage your child with the text on the page and encourages them to think creatively and make decisions.

Just don’t fool yourself into thinking this will be a quick bedtime read; my guess is, your kids will want to spend a lot of time deliberating and then inventing their own ‘Would you rathers…’

Themes/ideas to discuss with your child:

  • Decisions and choices
  • Creative thinking
  • Personal preference
  • Likes and dislikes
  • Fears
  • How we are all different
  • Humour and fun

Questions to ask your child:

Before reading:
  • What do you think this book might be about?
  • Do you think this is a fiction book (a story) or a non-fiction book (facts)?
  • Is this a book you want to read? Why/why not?
  • What do you think is happening on the front cover?
  • Are the pig and the child having a good time or a bad time? How can you tell?
  • What is the name of the punctuation used at the end of the title?
  • What does this form of punctuation mean? What does it tell us?
After reading:
  • Did you enjoy this book? Why/why not?
  • What was your favourite page?
  • Which decision was the easiest to make? Why?
  • Which decision was the hardest to make? Why?
  • What is one more ‘Would you rather…’ question you can think of?

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