Hidden Pictures: Find a Feast of Camouflaged Creaturesby A. J. Wood, Nicki Palin
A puzzle guide to the world's wild places in which the reader is asked to find a series of animals hidden in their natural habitats.
School Library Journal - School Library JournalK-Gr 3Fans of the "Where's Waldo" (Candlewick) and the "I Spy" series (Scholastic) will be delighted with this puzzle book that depicts wild animals hidden in their habitats. The brief, informative text accompanying each attractive, realistic painting includes a list of the camouflaged creatures to be found. They are not readily visible, thus providing lots of fun for puzzle aficionados. Answers are given at the back of the book, along with interesting, amusing trivia about each beast.Pamela K. Bomboy, Chesterfield County Public Schools, VA
Carolyn PhelanDouble-page spreads showing various wildlife habitats are used to illustrate this sophisticated version of the hidden picture puzzles long popular in children's magazines. The text briefly describes the habitat and mentions some of the species in view. It then challenges children to find more animals, which are artfully concealed (not just naturally camouflaged) within the pictures. The fine lines and hyperrealistic effects of the illustrations can be impressive, but one hopes that children will realize that the scenes sometimes assemble animals for the sake of inclusion, not realism: the first spread includes, among others, an elephant, an ostrich, five meerkats, two wildebeests, several lions, and a rhinoceros, peacefully sharing an area no bigger than a suburban backyard. The last pages are keys to the spreads, identifying each animal on a small copy of the picture and offering a line or two of information. This has some educational value, but the book will mainly interest puzzle fans.
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