Hide & Seek

Overview

As Elephant counts from one to ten, all the animals find special places to hide. When it's time to seek, will he be able to find everyone . . . even Chameleon?

Like Na's previous books, Hide & Seek offers rich illustrations, bright colors, and a simple, spare text—all wrapped up in a beautiful kid-friendly package. Elephant counts from one to ten in big, bold numerals, and there's an additional butterfly on each spread, giving readers something to count as the story goes ...

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Overview

As Elephant counts from one to ten, all the animals find special places to hide. When it's time to seek, will he be able to find everyone . . . even Chameleon?

Like Na's previous books, Hide & Seek offers rich illustrations, bright colors, and a simple, spare text—all wrapped up in a beautiful kid-friendly package. Elephant counts from one to ten in big, bold numerals, and there's an additional butterfly on each spread, giving readers something to count as the story goes along. Kids will also love spotting the camouflaged chameleon on every page!

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Editorial Reviews

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Kirkus Reviews Best of Children's Books 2012

Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, February 15, 2012:
“Ready or not! Here comes a book worth finding.”

Starred Review, Booklist, June 1, 2012:
“With a glorious color palette and an accessibly-presented topic, this will be a sure hit with preschoolers.”

Kirkus Reviews
Expert hide-and-seekers will hear the hushed scuttles and feel the quickened pulses as a group of animals plays a rainforest game of hide-and-seek. Elephant counts while his animal friends scurry. Butterflies flutter around the crouching little elephant, a new one joining in with each page-turn, adding up to a swarm that equals each giddy announcement: 1, 2, 3! Meanwhile, flamingo, chameleon, giraffe, rhino, monkey, tortoise, the starlings and bush babies hasten to get hidden. Momentum mounts as readers alternate between an animal wondering, for example, "Can I hide behind this rock?" (on left-hand pages) and the elephant's' escalating counting (on the right). Na also directs readers' eyes up into the canopy and down into the underbrush, where creatures look for cover, getting them to crane their heads and look at the forest from every angle. Text size swells and reduces, indicating emphasis, and keeps the antsy energy going. Digital layering produces a fantastic fusion of painterly textures, soft patterns and fine outlines, yielding ethereal illustrations with dappled colors that shine like light through a leaf. So many undulating components could easily turn into roiling confusion on the page, but here each element coheres beautifully, rendering a sweetly swirling, tie-dyed rainforest awash in reds, yellows, greens and blues. Ready or not! Here comes a book worth finding. (Picture book. 2-5)
Leonard S. Marcus
The elephant's count is a stress-free chance for younger preschoolers to brush up on their numbers, while the images' wildly shifting perspectives make a trip through these pages a kind of visual roller-coaster ride.
—The New York Times Book Review
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
When the animals meet at the edge of the rain forest, Chameleon suggests a game of hide and seek. Elephant begins to count as the animals run and hide. As he counts from one to ten, on each double page across from him a different animal finds a hiding place. Then Elephant searches across the double pages and finds all but Chameleon. None of them can find him; they give up. "Found you!" cries the multihued Chameleon, to their surprise. To add to the fun, readers can find him on every double page if they look carefully. To create the illustrations of the highly decorated plants and exotic animals in a textured jungle, Na uses "combined handmade painterly textures with digitally generated layers...then compiled in Adobe Photoshop." The end pages display eighteen of the variations of the colored Chameleon, many displayed on the pages inside. Thick black letters contrast with the variegated colored creatures in their game of fun. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS—The illustrations in Hide & Seek are colorful, beautiful, and unique. The story line is simple and sweet, and readers will like counting to 10 with Elephant until he is ready to find his friends. This book would be enjoyable for one-on-one sharing, so children can pore over the distinctive art and look for the hidden animals. The friends are very easy to find, except Chameleon. Preschoolers will delight in the fanciful illustrations and want to participate in the counting down and play hide-and-seek. A lovely addition to most collections.—Kathy Buchsbaum, Hewlett-Woodmere Public Library, New York
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375870781
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 6/12/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 812,985
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Originally from Korea, IL SUNG NA studied illustration at Kingston University in London. A Book of Sleep was his first picture book, followed by The Thingamabob and Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit, all of which are available from Knopf. To learn more about Il Sung Na and his work, please visit IlSungNa.com.

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