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WHAT DO YOU SEE? by Martine Perrin Kirkus Star


by Martine Perrin, illustrated by Martine Perrin

Pub Date: March 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-8075-6712-8
Publisher: Whitman

Images build from home routines to outdoor scenes and back and forth again.

Two pages introduce a natural pairing, an authoritative “Look!” follows and a final sentence announces an interconnected addition with its accompanying sound effect. “Bubbly soap / add some water / [page turn] Look!  / Here comes a sudsy duck! Quack, Quack!” The repetitive format encourages participation; brevity commands attention. A distinct palette defines boundaries while transitioning from one sequence to the next. Die-cuts hide a portion of the larger spread; each of these detailed blocks serves a dual purpose. In one of the most successful concepts, the idea of nourishment for baby to bird takes flight: A baby-bottle cut-out reveals a patterned spread of berries at which a winged nibbler pecks. A predictable conclusion unites all the major players, from yarn to teddy bear. Look Who's There! presents the same innovative design as insects and ocean-dwellers journey through separate settings from the dirt in the ground to the sandy seaside.

A joyous display of visual discovery, simultaneously strategic and seamless. (Board book. 6 mos.-2)