"This beautiful board book is full of food ? and something that doesn't belong with that food. Find the sneaky snake amongst vegetables, or the duck among the doughnuts, helping littles understand categorisation as they find the "imposter"."—Absolutely Mama
"Can you spot the umbrella amongst the mushrooms?... Help little ones find the imposter in each drawing and have a giggle along the way."—Baby Magazine
"A companion board book to the lovely Vehicle Hide and Sneak, this asks small children to spot the odd one out in an assortment of graphic foods - is it a toadstool or a beach umbrella, a rubber duck or an iced bun? Fun, engaging and beautifully produced."—Illustration Magazine
"Inspire your little one with this fun 'spot the odd one out' book. Which one isn't quite right? A fun thinking book based on food items for preschoolers."—Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays
"Brightly colorful illustrations, this is a delight to look at... and this book also encourag[es] young readers to think critically."—5 Minutes for Mom
"You and your little one will enjoy the bright colors and striking stylistic illustration."—Twenty by Jenny
"Young readers can practice observational and organizational skills with this clever book that masquerades as a game."—Kirkus Review
"Contraire challenges readers to detect differences, while arresting color combination lends the visual game particular panache."—Publishers Weekly
"With a chic, pared-down aesthetic, Bastien Contraire plays tricks with perception in the mostly wordless puzzler Food Hide and Sneak."—The Wall Street Journal
As the Sesame Street song goes: "One of these things is not like the others, / One of these things just doesn't belong, / Can you tell which thing is not…?"
Indeed, this mostly wordless book introduces readers to the spot-the-odd-one-out game with a play on those words. Using a limited palette of pink, green, and brown against a white background, each (mostly) double-page spread displays a group of objects of similar shape and color. One object that just doesn't belong has been cleverly snuck into each grouping. As the title suggests, the groupings are all food related—though with candy, ice cream, and sodas included, "edibles" might be a better word. Sometimes it can be function that marks the odd one out, as with the road sign that sneakily stands among the candy and lollipops or the rocket ship that looks so much like the bottles and containers of drinks. In other instances it's a different category of food, as with the banana among the meats. But each spread provides a rich opportunity for adults to engage children in examining, describing, and discussing categories. Should there be questions about the correct answers, the last double-page spread has a visual key.
Young readers can practice observational and organizational skills with this clever book that masquerades as a game. (Board book. 2-5)