Don't Laugh, Joe!
by Keiko Kasza
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1997
Ages 3 - 7
What will Mother Possum do about Joe? Although she tries and tries to teach him the most important possum survival skill--ow to play dead--Joe just can't stop giggling when she sniffs, pokes, and shakes him like a predator might do. Even the promise of some lovely bug pie won't inspire Joe to take her lessons seriously. When Joe and Mother Possum run into a grouchy bear in the forest, however, Joe demonstrates that he has indeed been paying attention to his mother all along. He knows exactly what to do when real danger approaches. Keiko Kasza's perfectly paced text ends with an amusing childlike twist that will both please and surprise young listeners. Honor Book, Charlotte Zolotow Award CCBC categories: Picture Books. © Cooperative Children's Book Center