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LOOK! by Édouard Manceau Kirkus Star


by Édouard Manceau ; illustrated by Édouard Manceau

Pub Date: March 15th, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-77147-102-2
Publisher: Owlkids Books

An oversized, interactive board book in which a rectangular die cut becomes a window on the world.

Children are encouraged to peer through the window that appears when this book is opened to identify certain types of “things”: red, orange, blue and green things, things high and low, things that move and stay still, things in different sizes, shiny things, things that make noise and more. The illustrations are strategically kept to a bare minimum. For example, “high” and “low” are demonstrated with two simple red circles, one above and one below the viewfinder, while moving and stationary things are represented by two blue circles on strings, one fixed and one that swings. The pages that ask readers to look for noisy things open with a satisfying crunch, as they are cleverly stuck together with a square of Velcro. The page spread that asks kids to find things they’d like to touch includes no illustrations at all but is entirely covered in an orange, velvety material that inspires the search for interesting textures.

This clever, engaging offering invites children to review basic concepts while seeing the world around them in new ways.

(Board book. 2-5)