An invitation to explore different combinations of flaps, spinners, pop-ups, and pull tabs to reveal one to 10 hidden dots.
Each page offers a paper-engineering puzzle solved by, for instance, simply folding the four corners of a square together to assemble “1 red dot,” turning a trio of spinners until “9 purple dots” line up, or peering through holes in a polka-dot pop-up cube while moving no fewer than four sliders back and forth to find “10 orange dots.” Though some of the bright colors, particularly in the red-to-orange range, are hard to distinguish, Mansfield’s dots are generally bigger and the moving parts more durable (if, overall, less ingeniously designed) than those in David A. Carter’s similarly premised Spot the Dot (2013). Gentle, young digerati will enjoy the relatively easy practice in color identification, pattern recognition, manual dexterity, and counting, but these moving parts will rip very easily.
A multifaceted lead-in to the more open-ended play in Hervé Tullet’s interactive outings. (Pop-up picture book. 3-5)