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Out of Sight

Out of Sight

by Francesco Pittau, Bernadette Gervais
     
 

In this big, beautiful, astonishing book, more than 50 animals are hiding. In elegant drawings and graphic, eye-catching layouts, Out of Sight will enthrall children with the amazing variety of the animal kingdom.

Overview

In this big, beautiful, astonishing book, more than 50 animals are hiding. In elegant drawings and graphic, eye-catching layouts, Out of Sight will enthrall children with the amazing variety of the animal kingdom.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this sophisticated guess-the-animal book, oversize pages feature large flaps offering visual clues about the animals concealed underneath. A deer's black antlers are silhouetted against a white flap underneath a Bactrian camel's humps. Elsewhere, flaps of varying sizes display striped and spotted pelage, and cutout flaps offer a peek at the snouts and limbs of a moustached monkey, platypus, and others. The unexpected details about each animal ("Marmots can whistle") should fascinate even adults, but the core appeal is in the abstract elements that challenge readers' way of seeing. Ages 4–8. (Dec.)
From the Publisher
"A stunning departure from the typical introductory volume about animals, this must-have will inspire a second look. And a third and a fourth."—School Library Journal, Starred Review"

This collection of exotic facts stays in the mind, expands the imagination."—Chicago Tribune

Children's Literature - Eleanor Heldrich
The first thing one will notice about this book is its size. It is 15 ?" high and 11" wide and it weighs almost 6 pounds. The book is nothing but flaps. All of its 14 pages are cardboard, no paper, and the flaps are cardboard, too. In all there are more than 50 flaps of different sizes, shapes and colors. A few of the double page spreads have only four very large flaps, but most of them have either eight or ten. Pages one and two feature white animal heads against a black background. Under the first flap, there is a large hippopotamus and the words; "More people are injured by hippopotami every year than by sharks." Under the last flap on the opposite page hides a buffalo and the words under that flap say, "Bison (or buffalo) are fast. They can run up to 30 miles per hour." The remaining spreads have flaps of different sizes, shapes, colors and designs hiding animals ranging from hamsters to elephants. Every animal is illustrated in color and some of them even stand up when their flap is lifted. An interesting and possibly surprising fact is supplied for each animal. For instance, did you know that "a group of lions is a pride but a group of tigers is an ambush?" Be advised that the animal portraits are faithful to themselves in shape and color, but their comparable sizes to each other are not true. On a single page, but not under the same flap, you might find a sheep and a tiger that are the same size. This extra large book would make a fascinating coffee table book for any family with children. Reviewer: Eleanor Heldrich
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—This book is a visual treat for budding zoologists. The oversize, boldly graphic volume showcases a wide range of animals and interesting facts about them, all hidden beneath flaps of black-and-white animal silhouettes and paw prints, cutouts, and, in one really attractive spread, richly painted patterns of animal hides. It has pop-up figures beneath, truly making it the apex of the book. One pair of pages has the animals tucked under black tabs punched with eye holes through which the critters peek. The facts are short, simple statements, and their randomness contributes to the hide-and-seek spirit of the volume. One can't be sure what creature or tidbit of information is waiting beneath the next flap. A stunning departure from the typical introductory volume about animals, this must-have will inspire a second look. And a third and a fourth.—Alyson Low, Fayetteville Public Library, AR
Kirkus Reviews
This striking, oversized list-the-tab survey of the animal kingdom provides a whizbang visual and interactive experience but a rather less satisfying delivery of facts. Each spread has a different unifying gimmick: white-on-black silhouettes; black-on-white silhouettes; spots-and-stripes details (which, when lifted, reveal tiny pop-outs); flap diecuts that reveal snouts and feet, eyes and tails and ears; hoof- and pawprints. Beneath each flap is a cleanly detailed painting of an animal and a related factlet. "A group of lions is a pride, but a group of tigers is an ambush." "Marmots can whistle." "Some shrews are poisonous." While the facts revealed are for the most part appropriately revelatory—female giraffes' horns are fuzzy while males' are bald; who knew?—they feel plunked down in isolation from one another and often beg follow-up questions that go unanswered. Once perused, it's likely to gather dust. (Pop-up nonfiction. 4-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811877121
Publisher:
Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date:
11/17/2010
Pages:
16
Product dimensions:
11.30(w) x 15.30(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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