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Look! A Book!

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by Bob Staake
Look! A book! A hook! A cowboy cook!
Weird and kooky things that go!
Some go fast and some go slow!

Can you find the squawking crow?

Go on a crazy seek-and-find adventure in this new picture book from award-winning artist Bob Staake. Die-cuts on every page draw readers into each themed scene and invite them to find the items hidden


Look! A book! A hook! A cowboy cook!
Weird and kooky things that go!
Some go fast and some go slow!

Can you find the squawking crow?

Go on a crazy seek-and-find adventure in this new picture book from award-winning artist Bob Staake. Die-cuts on every page draw readers into each themed scene and invite them to find the items hidden within the elaborately detailed spreads. From underwater worlds, to haunted houses and tree-top towns, there are endless details for readers to search for and discover. This inventive picture book format will have kids hooked from the very first die-cut page all the way through to the end where a gate-fold finale challenges them to go back for yet another look and even more surprises.

Bob is best-known and widely celebrated for his picture books and this visual feast is some of his most exciting and creative work to date!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Staake's spreads are crammed with so much good cheer that it's almost impossible to look at them without smiling. Readers are directed to find small objects amid dozens of Staake's (We Planted a Tree) gleefully retro figures that crowd each picture: "Bubbles! Bubbles! In the sea! AQUA-GOOFY JUBILEE! Search to find the honeybee!" (With four submarines cruising the depths of this underwater scene as well as a whale with a restaurant in its mouth, it takes a while to find the honeybee, who's circling—where else?—around Uncle Sam's hat.) As if this weren't enough, intervening pages have dime-size die-cut openings that reveal tiny details readers may have missed: "Look! A bowl! A troll! A barber pole!" With polished typography, minty-fresh layout, and crisp-edged figures, the book stays tidy despite the frenetic action, and the rhymed and metered text is carefully wrought. Kids will love the robots and the wacky machines, and adults will appreciate the asides: "WAX FRUIT," says a billboard, "When you need a break from reality." Likely to have a long stay in the bedtime pile. Ages 3–6. (Feb.)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—It is a good thing that the publisher chose to make this book with a glossy, sturdy cardboardlike paper because sticky little hands will be giving it a real workout. What little text there is offers a rhyming clue for readers to figure out before they set off to hunt for the answer in the picture. "Bubbles! Bubbles! In the sea! AGUA-GOOFY JUBILEE!/Search to find the honeybee!" The pages are bursting with colorful and wacky things to find, and children will pore over the pictures searching for the vampire cape, the squawking crow, or the swirled ice cream. What fun to hunt and hunt and be able to say, "Here it is!" The book ends with a rhyme and a foldout page that ask readers to start all over again and find 1 cow, 2 bicycles, 3 pigs, and so on until they reach 12 red books. The endpapers are filled with children with their noses in books, which is exactly what will happen when youngsters open this one. This clever, engaging, and fun selection is great for family sharing.—Joan Kindig, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
Kirkus Reviews

Staake ventures into "I Spy" territory with a set of big spreads teeming with tiny random objects, beaming children and silly cartoon figures, all rendered in a retro silkscreen style. Previews supplied through small die-cut circles on near-empty preceding pages give way to broad expanses of loud color and busy activity—linked to loose themes identified in suitably loud captions: "Weird and kooky THINGS THAT GO! Some go fast and some go slow! / Can you find the squawking crow?" Exclamation-strewn captions and a foldout list at the end invite viewers to try spotting specific items, but there's plenty of eye candy here to reward random browsing, too, as the scenes shift from city streets to a haunted house, a robot factory to a tree studded with suburban bungalows and so on. Children overwhelmed by the visual density of Where's Waldo? or the aforementioned I Spy albums will be drawn to these somewhat more open and visually groovy assemblages of images. (Picture book. 5-7)

Product Details

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 11.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Bob Staake is an award-winning illustrator who has authored and/or illustrated close to 50 books. His work is also featured on the covers of the New Yorker and in the pages of the Washington Post. His book The Red Lemon won a New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book Award in 2006. Visit Bob online at www.BobStaake.com.

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Look! A Book! 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
psycheKK More than 1 year ago
Finding out that Bob Staake writes, as well as illustrates, children's books more than three years after after I stopped working as a children's librarian is like showing up late to a really great party.  I'm a bit annoyed that all these people have been having so much fun for so long without me, but, on the other hand, I am glad that I finally made it to the party.  Had I known sooner, though, I would definitely have brought other people with me. Look!  A Book!  is the perfect example of why I wish that I had discovered the weird and wonderful world that is a Bob Staake children's book earlier.  The text is simple, fairly straightforward, and at times, silly;  all that is great, but team that text with the brilliant, zany, cram-every-inch-with-action-on-every-page illustrations and the results are nothing short of magical.  And those magical illustrations? -- they grace everything from the jacket, cover and end papers and every delightful page in between.  My little boy, at four, is the perfect age to enjoy the beautiful madness of this book.  Maybe I did show up to the party at exactly the time, after all.
JLPetes More than 1 year ago
"Look! A Book!" written and illustrated by Bob Staake is full of holes--holes you can look into and through to find wonderful, surprising, delightful things such as a baby whale in a goldfish bowl. Each two-page spread is a fun scene built around a playful scenario, such as animals that escape from a museum or a town of tree houses or Aqua-Goofy Jubilee. Each scene offers hundreds of fun things to find. Where else will you find a baseball on a camel's hump or a gargoyle eating pizza or a monkey wearing just one sock? This book is beautiful to look at with appealing colors that are easy to look at for long periods of time. Bob Staake's illustrations are simply FUN! He uses a delightful combination of repeated digitally enhanced yet interesting shapes with artful scribbles, interesting patterns, and contrasts of large and very small. Look for detail. Look for whimsy. Look for pineapples! Charming children, intriguing beasts, and benign grown-ups also populate pages of this book. Each page is chock full of joyful surprises. On the Robots page a professional moose dressed in lab coat and proper bow tie oversees the quality of newly manufactured robots. A workman behind the moose offers an ice cream cone to a robot. Bob has included delights for older lookers, too. "Fenwick shoestrings--fit to be tied" is a sign on a building. One child wears a Richard Nixon Halloween mask. This book is fun for all. You should take a look. The book is dedicated to Hermann von Snellen, the creator of the Snellen Eye Chart to test your eye sight. "Look! A Book!" is great fun.