Kids lose their dog and find adventure.
Siblings Poppy and Cy are bereft about their missing terrier, Goldie, who is depicted in a small, framed, black-and-white picture behind them in the first illustration. They distract themselves by playing hide-and-seek in the woods, where the illustrations begin to embrace the surreal style Browne is known for. Shadows and shapes invite the eye to see hidden forms and make meaning of them. Cy hides in a crude hut made of sticks, and Poppy seeks him, with the point of view shifting to align viewers with one or the other of them. The perspective also zooms in and out to underscore readers’ alignment with the children and to enhance their sense of the vast, eerie forest. Eagle-eyed readers will spy the shapes of various animals and objects hiding in the woods as Poppy seeks her brother, who becomes increasingly frightened. Then both siblings are scared when they hear a sound, but a page turn reveals Goldie bounding toward Cy in a wordless, full-bleed spread. Poppy soon finds them both, and happily reunited, the trio returns home to their trailer at the edge of the woods. A list at book’s end invites readers to search prior pages to find the hidden animals and objects in the dreamlike images. Both Poppy and Cy have pale skin.
Engaging. (Picture book. 4-8)