PEEK-A-BOO! by Janet & Allan Ahlberg Ahlberg


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Baby in the morning PEEK-A-BOO What can he see? What can you?"" As this proceeds through the day we see Baby--on left-hand pages--at breakfast, in the park, in the bath, and so on, while the activities Baby is observing are seen on facing pages: first a single figure shows through a round ""peek-a-boo"" hole in the page and then, on turning the page, we get the scene in all its extended detail. The indoor and outdoor scenes have a rickety, untidy quality, so that there is much to see--whether the overflow of family meals and laundry or the various adults and children enjoying the park. The pictures are too busy, in fact, and too subtle in their watercolor softness, for the very young children who are intrigued by the ""peek-a-boo"" game; and it will take someone well past the picture-book age to recognize the WW II British setting. If they can find a family audience, the pictures have their genuine charm.

Pub Date: Oct. 19th, 1982
Publisher: Viking