Read the Book, Lemmings!


By Ame Dyckman

Illustrated by Zachariah OHora

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The team behind the New York Times bestselling Wolfie the Bunny and Horrible Bear! is back with new Arctic characters in this hilarious learning-to-read adventure!

Aboard the S.S. Cliff, First Mate Foxy reads an interesting fact: “Lemmings don’t jump off cliffs.” But Foxy can’t get the lemmings on the Cliff to read his book, too. They’re too busy jumping off.

After a chilly third rescue, exasperated Foxy and grumbly polar bear Captain PB realize their naughty nautical crew isn’t being stubborn: The lemmings (Jumper, Me Too, and Ditto) can’t read. And until Foxy patiently teaches his lemmings to read the book, he can’t return to reading it, either!

  • Winner of the 2019 North Carolina Children's Book Award Praise for Read the Book, Lemmings!:

    * "OHora's charming illustrations with their primary color palette perfectly match Dyckman's playful text to produce a funny read-aloud that will hold up to multiple readings.... Children will enjoy this at storytime and again on their own at home. A first purchase for all libraries."
    School Library Journal, starred review
  • *"OHora's scratchy, comically stiff figures and poker-faced humor beautifully embody the tale's essential absurdity. And the lemmings' final victory affirms that progress is possible even for the terminally silly."
    Publishers Weekly, starred review
  • "Delightfully imparts the joy and discovery of reading-and many chuckles and guffaws."
    Kirkus Reviews
  • "[A] goofy picture book guaranteed to please.... Literacy, laughs, and a light touch."
  • "Dyckman's text is entertainingly patterned...and OHora's...illustrations play up the slapstick."
    The Horn Book
  • "The charming illustrations and comedic plot will please young readers, and the lesson is clear, but not preachy: if you don't know, you can learn. This is a pleasant addition to any picture book collection."
  • "This is one giggly delight after another."

On Sale
Nov 7, 2017
Page Count
40 pages

Ame Dyckman

About the Author

Ame Dyckman is the award-winning author of Wolfie the Bunny (illustrated by Zachariah OHora), Boy + Bot and Tea Party Rules, and loves writing for children so she doesn’t have to grow up. Ame lives in New Jersey with her family, pets, and hair bow collection.

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Zachariah OHora

About the Illustrator

Zachariah OHora is the illustrator of a number of children’s books, including Wolfie the Bunny (written by Ame Dyckman) . His author-illustrator debut Stop Snoring, Bernard! was awarded the Society of Illustrators Founder’s Award, and his book No Fits Nilson! was the Huffington Post Best Picture Book of the Year for 2013. He lives and works in Narberth, PA.

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