Grown-Ups Never Do That

Publisher: Chronicle Books

Adults never misbehave. They never, for instance, smash a painting over someone else’s head, fight over a pair of shoes in a shop or say bad words when the car breaks down. They never make funny faces, blame stray dogs for their mistakes or drop ice-cream on their shirts. Adults are perfect – aren’t they?

Determined to document adults doing precisely all these things, a gang of kids spy on adults as they go about their days, breaking all the rules they impose on children.

This is an absolutely delightful book with a minimum of text and fabulously expressive illustrations from Benjamin Chaud (who readers will recognise from The Truth About My Unbelievable School and A Funny Thing Happened On the Way To School), also created with Davide Cali.

The genius of the book lies in the fact that every spread entirely contradicts the text, meaning that children can call out the adults in the illustrations for doing all the naughty things they’re not supposed to. Tons of fun.

Share this page with your friends

More books like this

Astro Girl

Author: Ken Wilson-Max

Astrid loves the stars and space, and wants to be an astronaut. A delightful and educational book for young readers interested in space travel, with colourful illustrations, large-print text, fun facts, diverse characters and heartfelt father-daughter interactions. 

Read more about Astro Girl

Princess BMX

Author: Marie Basting Illustrator: Flavia Sorrentino

Princess Avariella is heir to the throne of the magical kingdom of Biscotti. Bored of behaving with grace and decorum, she gets a BMX bike. A fast-paced contemporary fairy tale with quirky characters, a hilarious plot and funny black-and-white illustrations.

Read more about Princess BMX