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LOOK! A BOOK! by Bob Staake


by Bob Staake & illustrated by Bob Staake

Age Range: 5 - 7

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-316-11862-0
Publisher: Little, Brown

Staake ventures into “I Spy” territory with a set of big spreads teeming with tiny random objects, beaming children and silly cartoon figures, all rendered in a retro silkscreen style. Previews supplied through small die-cut circles on near-empty preceding pages give way to broad expanses of loud color and busy activity—linked to loose themes identified in suitably loud captions: “Weird and kooky THINGS THAT GO! Some go fast and some go slow! / Can you find the squawking crow?” Exclamation-strewn captions and a foldout list at the end invite viewers to try spotting specific items, but there’s plenty of eye candy here to reward random browsing, too, as the scenes shift from city streets to a haunted house, a robot factory to a tree studded with suburban bungalows and so on. Children overwhelmed by the visual density of Where’s Waldo? or the aforementioned I Spy albums will be drawn to these somewhat more open and visually groovy assemblages of images. (Picture book. 5-7)