Look Who's There!

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Children will discover nature's creatures hidden in graphic environments.

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Overview

Children will discover nature's creatures hidden in graphic environments.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this striking hide-and-seek book, first published in France, die-cut pages conceal portions of abstractly designed animals rendered in bold contrasting colors. Call-and-response rhymes reveal their identities: " ‘Who's that hiding behind the big web?' asked the little bee. ‘I am!' said the spider. ‘Come play with me!' " One spread (printed in an almost unreadable green on fuchsia) inexplicably breaks form ("I see a green turtle hiding in the grass. And look on the other side... I see a lizard. Do you?") and the predatory relationship between several species sits oddly with their friendly banter—does the shark really just want to swim with the fish? But these quibbles aside, it remains a stylish presentation. Available simultaneously: What Do You See? Ages 3–up. (May)
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
This hand-size board book is full of tactile and visual fun. A frog is seen jumping between the two die-cut leaves outlined on the cover as we are told to "Look!" Turning the page reveals three blue fish, asking, "Who's that hiding behind the wave?" We look at the die-cut waves, then turn them over to see the shark inviting the fish to swim along. On the next double page, a dragonfly is asking who is hiding under the water lily leaves we saw on the cover. It is, of course, the frog, asking the dragonfly to splash with him. Ladybugs wonder who is behind the red flower. The butterfly there invites them to fly along. A spider is revealed behind a big web, requesting the little beetles to come and lay. An octopus waves hello to seahorses through seaweed. The ant asks who is hiding in the dirt; it is the snail. A turtle is hiding in the grass, with a lizard on the other side. Finally a crab wonders whose toes are behind a bucket. A laughing child says, "They're mine!" Perrin uses intense solid colors and abstract, almost geometric shapes for both the creatures and the objects that provide the hiding places. There is a strong sense of design rather than any attempt at creating naturalistic representation. The practice in counting and identifying colors is an added plus as the reader is tempted to turn the pages. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—Like What Do You See? (Albert Whitman, 2011), this book uses die-cut pages on spreads to enhance the illustrations and help tell the story. It opens with a question about a type of animal living in a certain environment. The page depicts part of that environment, such as seaweed, waves, a web, etc., camouflaging the animal behind it. The graphic-style art is crisp and clean and stands out well on the contrasting backgrounds. While the idea of the book is clever and even a great tool for learning, it is a bit more sophisticated than typical board books. Perrin has written a fun offering that will keep preschoolers entertained in a one-on-one setting, especially when the last pages provide a guessing game for the animals and their environments. A great purchase for libraries for those toddlers looking for interactive picture books.—Lora Van Marel, Orland Park Public Library, IL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807576762
  • Publisher: Whitman, Albert & Company
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 16
  • Age range: 2 - 3 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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