PreS-A simple game of hide-and-seek is the premise for this lift-the-flap/pop-up story. It's bedtime and young Charlie is employing the familiar strategy of hiding underneath the covers. Mom plays along by asking a number of silly questions as to the contents of the bundle under the blanket. Could it be a sack of potatoes, a ton of tomatoes, a peck of pears, or a cave of talking bears? Charlie's muffled replies can be found when readers lift the blanket, i.e., the flap. While children are bound to appreciate the warmth of this cozy family episode, there aren't any surprises here, and an awkward sentence and rhyme structure impedes the flow of the narrative. At one point, Charlie says, in a particularly clumsy passage, "Patting and tapping/Wriggling and giggling/Hiddenly merrily/Here-ily there-ily-." The text is also somewhat long for a book aimed at toddlers. Engaging watercolor illustrations of this loving domestic scene are the strongest aspect of this title.-Rosalyn Pierini, San Luis Obispo City-County Library, CA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.