- Before reading the story, how would you describe the character on the front?
- What do you think he will be like? What clues are there?
- Are you going to obey what he says and Not Open This Book?
- Why do you think there would even be a book called Do Not Open This Book?
- Do you think he really doesn’t want us to open the book?
- Do you know what ‘reverse psychology’ is? If so, do you think that is what is happening here?
Sometimes, just like the narrator, the blue character in, Do Not Open This Book, we want someone to do something.
And sometimes to get the other person to do what we want we need to persuade them.
Discuss the "tricks" of persuasion that the author has used in this text (To get you to open and keep reading the book!!) Discuss and identify the tricks from the list.
- Written in first person (I, I'm, I'll, You) - speaking directly to the reader
- Font size changes throughout
- Making promises/threats/punishments
- Giving exaggerated reasons
- Building suspense as the book progresses