A Brazilian-born pop artist invites children to customize seven scenes by dropping cardboard “coins” down slots to match up with die-cut holes.
Constructed of thick lines separating areas decorated in loud colors and patterns, the semiabstract patchwork pictures feature a rising sun, a cow and other farm animals, an apple tree and, at the end, a starry sky. Each has one or two small holes that can be filled by any of a dozen detachable disks mounted on the rear cover. For extra visual pizzazz, the inserts are brightly patterned as well. Though the holes are too inconspicuous to give the dropped-in “play pieces” much visual impact and the accompanying commentary runs to lines like “Holly the Horse looks a little goofy! / Her mane is usually bright and poofy,” the art is infectiously bright and energetic, and the extra-heavy cardboard pages should stand up to rough usage—or least as long as it will take to lose all of the color inserts. Because the small pieces are potential choking hazards (not labeled as such, though), toddlers in the vicinity should be carefully supervised.
An exercise in early physical dexterity with plenty of visual stimulation as a bonus. (Toy book. 1-3)