Adam Lehrhaupt

Adam Lehrhaupt’s first book Warning: Do Not Open This Book! illustrated by Matt Forsythe, was an E.B. White Read-Aloud Honor Book, was published in four countries, and received much praise. He is also the author of Please, Open This Book! Adam has travelled to six continents, performed on Broadway, and lived on a communal farm. He firmly believes that opening a book is a good thing. Adam currently lives near Philadelphia with this wife and two sons, where he spends his days writing and visiting schools. You can visit him on the web at

Books by this Author

Please, Open This Book!
Warning: Do Not Open This Book!


'Please, Open this Book!' by Adam Lehrhaupt

They told you, but you just couldn’t listen, could you? So the creators of 'Warning: Do Not Open This Book!' (Adam Lehrhaupt and Matt Forsythe) are back with a zany monkey crew, and they need your help!

My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Create as much as possible, love deeply, and enjoy every moment.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. I've always been partial to the Norse gods, because they are divine, but flawed. I like the duality that is there. But, if we are talking about in a book, I'll take the tree in the Giving Tree. A selfless hero to look up to.

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. If we are talking historical literary character, I'd go with The Fool, from King Lear. This might be partially due to loving the book Fool by Christopher Moore, but I loved Lear when I studied it in college and always wondered about this character. He seems smart and put together, but he follows this raving mad man around the countryside. I'd want to know why and what he got out of it.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Battle mage.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. This one is tough. I really like the tragic ones. Frankenstein's monster, Darth Vader or even Capt. Ahab (The whale is the hero of that one, right?)

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