Whose Toes Are Those?

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Tails, toes, noses ? and a hint of each animal peeking out ? let preschoolers guess who?s hiding.

Whose tail? Whose toes? Whose twitchy nose? Who is that hiding behind a big hunk of cheese? What has a cold wet nose, a big pink snout, or a long gray trunk? In this lift-the-flap book for the very young, simple, repetitive text and bold, bright illustrations combine to make a funny guessing-game of a book.

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Tails, toes, noses — and a hint of each animal peeking out — let preschoolers guess who’s hiding.

Whose tail? Whose toes? Whose twitchy nose? Who is that hiding behind a big hunk of cheese? What has a cold wet nose, a big pink snout, or a long gray trunk? In this lift-the-flap book for the very young, simple, repetitive text and bold, bright illustrations combine to make a funny guessing-game of a book.

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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times - Pamela Paul
While the responses to this particular guessing game may be predictable, it shouldn't lessen the fun or satisfaction. Easy rhymes and simple repetitive text make this second book by Symes and Sharratt…a predictable preschool winner.
Publishers Weekly
In a companion to Yawn (2011), Symes and Sharratt ask readers to guess the identities of five animals, based on glimpses of their extremities. “Whose tail? Whose toes? Whose twitchy nose?” reads the opening spread, as a long white tail, tiny pink foot, and whiskered snout poke out from behind a block of cheese; lifting a flap reveals a mouse in full. The well-designed flaps mask each habitat (including a doghouse and a hippo’s jungle) completely after each reveal, and Sharratt’s brightly colored cartoons have an easygoing and friendly appeal. Ages 3–up. (Dec.)
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The well-designed flaps mask each habitat (including a doghouse and a hippo’s jungle) completely after each reveal, and Sharratt’s brightly colored cartoons have an easygoing and friendly appeal.
—Publishers Weekly
Children's Literature - Emily Hearn
Kids will adore this wonderfully simple flap book. Each spread pictures a bare colorful background with a large animal partially hidden by a flap designed to look like something (a cheese wedge, house, box, jungle, mountains) from its environment. There are three questions within colorful circles about the creature's tail, toes, and nose. Each spread except the last one includes different adjectives to describe its nose. When the flap is opened, the creature is revealed. In the final spread, whose questions vary only slightly, a baby is shown behind the toy box filled with toy animals from the previous pages. Tots will enjoy being part of the storytelling team by supplying the answers to the questions. Other books with a similar question-answer format they will enjoy are Bill Martin, Jr.'s Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and Nancy Tafuri's Spots, Feathers, and Curly Tails. Reviewer: Emily Hearn
Kirkus Reviews
Symes and Sharratt, who delighted little ones in Yawn (2011), pair up once again for more board-book fun. Familiar animals take center stage in the spreads and hide behind flaps shaped as appropriate landscapes or objects. As a mouse dashes behind cheese and a bear ambles on the other side of a mountain range, youngsters guess their identities with only a tail, a foot and a nose peeking through as hints. The text, which balances repetition and variety nicely, provides clues: "Whose tail? / Whose toes? / Whose cold, wet nose?" The verso of the flap reveals the answer, dog in this case, with a one-word caption. The final scene shows a bald-headed Caucasian baby with rosy cheeks hiding behind a toy box that houses smaller versions of all the animals depicted before, now in toy form. The text now includes a reference to the baby's fingers instead of a tail. The flaps are easy to open and relatively sturdy, but rounded corners would have been a thoughtful addition. Sharratt's bold palette and simple, thick-lined cartoons are iconic and cheery. A playful, predictable experience for lift-the-flap lovers. (Board book. 18 mos.-3)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763662745
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 12/11/2012
  • Pages: 22
  • Age range: 3 months - 2 years
  • Product dimensions: 7.56 (w) x 6.54 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Sally Symes is the author of Yawn, also illustrated by Nick Sharratt. She lives in Sussex, England.

Nick Sharratt is the illustrator of Yawn by Sally Symes and the author-illustrator of What’s in the Witch’s Kitchen?, Dinosaurs’ Day Out, and The Foggy, Foggy Forest. He lives in Brighton, England.

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