Book Review: David G. Derrick, Jr.’s Animals Don’t, So I Won’t

Posted November 19, 2016 by Kathy Davie in Book Reviews

I received this book for free from the library in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: David G. Derrick, Jr.’s Animals Don’t, So I Won’t

Animals Don't So I Won't


David G. Derrick Jr.

humor, picture book that was published by Immedium on October 23, 2012 and has 36 pages.

Explore it on Goodreads or Amazon.

A standalone picture book that adults and kids will adore to which I’d give a “7” in a heartbeat.

My Take

You will laugh your way through Animals Don’t, So I Won’t — do check out inside the front cover as Ben imitates a frog and morphs into a tiger, lol.

The graphics are full page watercolors with the same soft cheerfulness of the cover. And it is too, too funny how Derrick blends animal movements with Ben’s perspective. Ya gotta check out the info and title page as Ben races down the hill as a tiger, soars as a bird, and trudges as slowly as a turtle into the house. Parents will so relate, LOL.

It hits all the frustrations for a parent: the dirty room, picky eaters, bath time, bed time, and getting up in the morning…in a bit of revenge, *laughing* And it gives Ben the opportunity to “show off” all that he knows about animals, ROFL.

Even better is that Mom takes Ben up on his challenges. Oh man, the kids will laugh at the penguin dinner, but y’all might want to wait on eating your own dinner before you read it, *more laughing*

Seriously, this is a book for adults as well as kids…and Mom and Dad will pick up some pointers to have fun with. Challenge the kids into learning more about animals in a fun way.

The Story

Ben loved pretending he was an animal. But when his mom said, “clean up for dinner,” Ben claimed, “Animals don’t, so I won’t.”

However, he didn’t expect two could play the same game!

The Characters

Ben is an active little boy who adores animals and has a great imagination.

Mom plays right along with her own imagination, and still gets the job done.

The Cover and Title

The cover is a cheerful watercolor of Ben climbing a tree with all his “friends”: the parrot, the owl, the monkey, the leopard, the guilty-looking bear cub, and the dangling hippo as Mom looks on from the ground. The title has a wooden feel to the font with the first half of it in yellow and the second half in white. The author’s name is small and in black.

The title is the cry all parents hear at some point…only Ben has a different approach with Animals Don’t, So I Won’t.