The Odd One Out

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Britta Teckentrup is a fine artist who has written and illustrated many well-loved books for children. Born in Hamburg, Germany, she studied at St. Martin’s College of Art and the Royal College of Art in London.

Which bird has caught the worm? Where is the queasy monkey? And can you spot the scaredy-cat? Never has a search-and-find game been so pleasing to the eye. Each spread features fun rhyming couplets, beautiful and complexly patterned artwork, and a hidden surprise. A ...

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Overview

Britta Teckentrup is a fine artist who has written and illustrated many well-loved books for children. Born in Hamburg, Germany, she studied at St. Martin’s College of Art and the Royal College of Art in London.

Which bird has caught the worm? Where is the queasy monkey? And can you spot the scaredy-cat? Never has a search-and-find game been so pleasing to the eye. Each spread features fun rhyming couplets, beautiful and complexly patterned artwork, and a hidden surprise. A stylish title from the talented Britta Teckentrup, presented in an elegant format.

A 2014 Parents' Choice Award Silver Honor Winner for Picture Books

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
03/03/2014
Teckentrup, creator of hide-and-seek books like Animal 123 and Animal Spots and Stripes, asks readers to scan pleasingly patterned images for an "odd one out." More than 50 pandas tumble across a page, for instance, all but one clutching a stick: "In among all of/ this hullaballoo,/ which panda has lost/ its shoot of bamboo?" Identically posed two-hump camels stand in five measured rows: "Can you see a camel/ with just one bump?" Teckentrup's mod block-print graphics, reminiscent of Laura Ljungkvist's stylized work, present dizzying crowds of creatures—seals, lemurs, penguins, and butterflies among them. If the pictures are altogether charming, inconsistent verb agreement mars the poems; although "A large group of tortoises/ passes on by" and "a cloud of bats/ comes out looking for fun," a "dazzling shoal of fish/ under the sea/ are keeping a secret" and "A cartload of monkeys/ spin around and around." Readers will solve some puzzles handily, while other games pose a comparative challenge, making these visuals compelling through several rounds of play. Ages 2–5. (Mar.)
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Surely the trendiest creatures in children’s books this year... Teckentrup’s multimedia illustrations have the look of silk-screen prints, with color overlays to create a sense of texture. ... Looking carefully takes patience and persistence, and children will feel a pleasurable sense of reward when, in the case of those lemurs, they at last locate the one — among its hundred-or-so friends — with its eyes crossed.
—The New York Times Online

Accompanying each illustration, packed end to end with friendly animals, is a short rhyming verse that tells you who to look for, and each picture has its own tone- defining color scheme and design concept, keeping the experience fresh with each turn of the page. Little eyes will be very eager to spot each hidden figure and will find an appropriate level of challenge doing it ... Whether they’re sharing this in one-on-one reading time or as a fun group activity, young animal lovers will be fully engaged.
—Booklist Online

A fun seek-and-find book featuring animals of all kinds. ... The brief rhyming text is well paced, making it easy to read aloud, though this will be a one-on-one share rather than a group read. There are many picture puzzle books available, but this one stands apart because of its whimsical illustrations and well-written rhyming clues.
—School Library Journal

In this classic take on a hunt for the odd one out, Teckentrup creates elegant Escher-like wallpapers of prints depicting a varied selection of interesting animals. ... Subtle coloration and textures and thoughtfully chosen background colors give the pages a hand-printed feel.
—Kirkus Reviews

Teckentrup asks readers to scan pleasingly patterned images for an "odd one out." ... Teckentrup's mod block-print graphics, reminiscent of Laura Ljungkvist's stylized work, present dizzying crowds of creatures—seals, lemurs, penguins, and butterflies among them.
—Publishers Weekly Online

The Golden Age of children's book illustration may have ended in the 1930s, but we are surely living through some sort of extended epoch of graphic excellence in books for small children. How else to explain the profusion of arrestingly stylish books about numbers, colors and concepts? Britta Teckentrup makes a chic contribution to the category with "The Odd One Out," a collection of rhyming puzzles that encourages children to seek and find a single inconsistency in various animal-filled tableaux. ... [Y]ounger ones will take pleasure in spotting the tiny, feathery pink shrimp amid a great shoal of colorful fish, for instance, or pointing to the one cross-eyed lemur in a mustard-colored troop.
—The Wall Street Journal

Each page features rhymes along with elegant illustrations that are sure to mesmerize.
—Parents Magazine (tablet edition)

School Library Journal
03/01/2014
PreS-Gr 2—A fun seek-and-find book featuring animals of all kinds. The mixed-media illustrations are reminiscent of the illustrator's Animal 123 and Animal Spots and Stripes (both Chronicle, 2012). Each tessellation has one variant for readers to find: a turtle in his shell, a bird with a worm. Each puzzle is challenging but not to the point of frustration. The brief rhyming text is well paced, making it easy to read aloud, though this will be a one-on-one share rather than a group read. There are many picture puzzle books available, but this one stands apart because of its whimsical illustrations and well-written rhyming clues.—Laura Stanfield, Campbell County Public Library, Ft. Thomas, KY
Kirkus Reviews
2014-01-22
In this classic take on a hunt for the odd one out, Teckentrup creates elegant Escher-like wallpapers of prints depicting a varied selection of interesting animals. Creatures depicted include bats, camels, seals, tortoises, ostriches, pandas, rhinos, monkeys, flamingos, fish, lemurs, penguins and butterflies. Rhyming verses on the left-hand page of each spread challenge readers to spot the difference in the full-page repeating patterns of animal prints on each right-hand page. The final spread conceals a new animal among all the by-now familiar ones. Subtle coloration and textures and thoughtfully chosen background colors give the pages a hand-printed feel, in spite of the repetitive nature of the illustrations. Trying to spot the odd one out will keep children busy for quite a while, as some of the puzzles are hard to spot. (Even grown-ups may have a hard time finding the "silly lemur" looking at his own nose!) The wallpaper-pattern format determines the size of the illustrations, thus limiting readership to individuals or smaller groups. Although the verses tend toward doggerel rather than fine poetry, and are at times grammatically questionable, the very young and their adult readers will improve their differentiation skills while having fun spotting the odd ones out. (Picture book. 2-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763671273
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 3/11/2014
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 99,771
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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