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That is Not a Good Idea!




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That Is Not a Good Idea! 

Mo Willems K-1 grade


Picture Book
Characters in the Story
Fox, Bird(Goose), Baby Chicks,


Summary of the story :

That Is Not a Good Idea! is a hilarious, interactive picture book from bestselling author and illustrator Mo Willems, the creator of books like Donít Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, the Knuffle Bunny series, the Elephant and Piggie series, Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs, and many other new classics.
Inspired by the evil villains and innocent damsels of silent movies, Willems tells the tale of a hungry fox who invites a plump goose to dinner. As with the beloved Pigeon books, kids will be calling out the signature refrain and begging for repeated readings. The funny details in the full-color illustrations by three-time Caldecott Honoree Mo Willems will bring nonstop laughter to story time.

Supports the Common Core State Standards.   





Possible Design Challenges:

Design a way for the Fox to catch the Bird

Design a system to prevent the Fox falling into the Pot.


  • When they first see each other, what was each of them thinking?

  • What other ways could the Baby Chicks warn the Fox?

  • Why was the Baby Chicks warning the Fox?

  • What was the relationship of Baby Chicks to the warning?


  Prepared by  Bill Wolfson.  Copyright © 2011-2014
Last Updated  10/8/2014