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The Big Book of Words and Pictures
     

The Big Book of Words and Pictures

by Ole Konnecke (Illustrator)
 

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A large format boardbook of early concept words and pictures, full of charm and humour.

This book contains the whole world of childhood. There's a kitchen, and all the things in it. There are planes and ships, plants and animals. Music and sports, colours and clothing…

If you look very closely, you will find enchanting small stories on every page.

Overview

A large format boardbook of early concept words and pictures, full of charm and humour.

This book contains the whole world of childhood. There's a kitchen, and all the things in it. There are planes and ships, plants and animals. Music and sports, colours and clothing…

If you look very closely, you will find enchanting small stories on every page.

Editorial Reviews

Pamela Paul
…irresistibly cute…incredibly well organized…with plenty to entertain the curious eye, the book captures, page by page, the spectrum of subjects that make up a young child's day…This is the rare wordbook that can actually spur ideas and conversation and the spontaneous telling of stories…Not since Richard Scarry has an illustrator taken such obvious care to imbue a basic vocabulary primer with so much humor and relevance.
—The New York Times
Publishers Weekly
Swedish author/illustrator Könnecke delivers an oversize visual encyclopedia filled with labeled cartoon images of common animals and objects, as well as introductions to concepts including colors, letters, and numbers. The spreads are loosely organized by themes like musical instruments, food, and sea life, while mice, elephants, and other animals engage in a plethora of activities. In a vehicle-themed spread, firefighters rush to put out a doghouse fire; in a spread about sports, a stork rides a unicycle and a cat dances ballet. Like Richard Scarry’s work, there are miniature narratives to be uncovered on every page. Ages 1–up. (Mar.)
School Library Journal
PreS-K—This oversize board book executes its premise with far more panache and sly humor than most typical word books. Each page focuses on an area of a child's world, from rooms in the house to areas in the community (curiously, though, neither school nor day care is represented). Expressive animal characters stand in for people, but their activities and the objects they use, from hairbrushes to running shoes, all relate solidly to a youngster's experience. Cheery pen-and-ink illustrations pop off the background, which makes effective use of white space, and everything is labeled. Small stories hide on each page, as when two small animals eat cookies while a large bird follows behind them vacuuming up the crumbs. Könnecke applies the same humor to cycles; the bottom of one spread shows a sequence of vehicles by age, beginning with a baby buggy and progressing through bicycles, a motorcycle, and a car as the baby bird inside grows up, and then moving to a walker and a wheelchair. Youngsters will enjoy all there is to see in this book, and it's ideal for encouraging vocabulary building.—Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, MD
Kirkus Reviews
A picture dictionary without much rhyme or reason. This oversized German import covers a vast range of concepts and topics, both familiar and foreign to young children. Tiny, clean illustrations of objects array themselves on a white background, sometimes including winsome animal characters. From ordinary household items to things seen in the out-of-doors to common foods to modes of transportation to musical instruments to sports to amusements to emotional concepts, this book tries to cover everything. Some items may be recognizable but are unlikely to come up in casual conversation (runner beans), while others (beret, lawn bowling) seem hardly necessary as toddler vocabulary. Slight variations in terminology make for unwarranted repetition; instead of just one bed on display, toddler, single and double beds all make an appearance. Vocabulary provides highly specific terms ("push bike"). Concepts covered include numbers, shapes and emotions, while an alphabet review in an eye-pleasing but developmentally baffling sophisticated design rounds out the comprehensive selection. With some 20 items to the page, spreads overwhelm rather than illuminate. There are not enough words available to save this jampacked selection from bursting-at-the-seams busyness. (Board book. 2-4)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781776571352
Publisher:
Gecko Press
Publication date:
01/28/2017
Pages:
20
Sales rank:
720,942
Product dimensions:
10.10(w) x 13.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
Up to 4 Years

Meet the Author

Ole Könnecke was born in 1961 in Göttingen, and lives as a free-lance illustrator in Hamburg. His publications in include a picture book based on a text by Rafik Schami, Wie ich Papa die Angst vor Fremden nahm (2003), and the Anton saga: Anton und die Mädchen (2004), Anton kann zaubern (2006) and Antons Geheimnis (2007).

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