A playful exploration of animal movements animated by lift-the-flap technology.
An unseen narrator asks a monkey, a fish, a turtle, a frog and a bird a simple question: “How do you move?” The animals answer with an “I” statement: “I climb!,” “I swim!,” etc. Although rounded corners would have been ideal, the easy-to-open flaps blend in nicely with the rest of the page. Better yet, as the flaps open, each animal’s movements animate, flip-book fashion. The frog appears to jump and the birds fly as the flaps are opened and closed. Slegers’ paintings, in fully saturated hues and with thick outlines, present cartoon animals in a simplified environment. Surprise, also by Slegers, uses strong colors as well and the same bold line, but here, animal mothers are asked where their babies are hiding, and the flaps, without the animation special effect, reveal the answer.A welcome lift-the-flap addition to the shelf. (Board book. 1-3)