Every page demands that readers physically interact with this book’s images.
The large, sturdy pages are necessary to support the plethora of interactions. The first double-page spread looks busy: a pattern of tiny red rectangles in the background and lots of silhouettes of familiar images in the foreground, each in green, black, or a primary color. A blue hand points to a yellow semicircle with the instruction, “Place your ear here.” After asking if readers have heard anything, the text announces, “I thought I heard a voice.” The next page directs readers to place their hands on a series of dots arranged in the shapes of hands. The text clarifies that telling this story will require “your fingers, your eyes, your ears…and maybe your nose.” The clever use of shapes and instructions will keep young readers involved from beginning to end, puzzling out the source of the supposed voice—although endpapers offer a big hint. Little fingers are encouraged to, among other things, walk, tiptoe, and drum-roll. There are also two vocalizing opportunities—and, yes, a chance to use the nose. Fingers will move over shapes representing a forest, rivers, and the dark: a black double-page spread with two round, white shapes. Are those eyeballs?! For optimal use, no more than three at a time should share this book, unless desiring chaotic silliness.
More engaging fun than many higher-tech devices. (Picture book. 3-6)