ONE BOY by Laura Vaccaro Seeger


Age Range: 3 - 6
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Ask anyone—a boy can be clever, playful and unpredictable. Seeger’s latest concept book is like that: clever in its design, playful to the point of being puzzling, perplexingly unpredictable. Die-cut alternating pages do double-duty in this boldly graphic counting book, first isolating a portion of an illustration on the right, and then, when the page is turned, disclosing the larger picture while isolating both the numeral and a portion of the preceding text to alter both the visual and the verbal context: one<\b> boy / all alone<\b>; two sea<\b>ls / at the sea<\b>. Readers will want to make predictions about the big reveals, but they may become temporarily frustrated (especially when they reach the unnamed items that represent “nine”). The illustrative objects appear to be unrelated to one another, and there is no pattern or narrative, but the final page discloses a rather convenient connecting thread: These are paintings that the all-alone boy has created to illustrate numbers one through ten. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-1-59643-274-1
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Neal Porter/Roaring Brook
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 2008


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