Another mesmerizing outing from the sultan of seek-and-find.


Gatefolds expose sudden calamities, eye-widening surprises, and—of course—fresh cascades of small toys, charms, beads, and found bric-a-brac in 10 teeming scenes.

“See more” indeed. A version of the eponymous jointed figurine clambering through Wick’s Can You See What I See? series returns with a canine companion to topple a stack of toy-filled buckets, climb an elaborate treehouse, rocket into space aboard a paper-plate saucer, and otherwise explore the fantastically populous assemblages. The photographer’s rhymed tallies—“a robot butler, / a crayon that’s pink, / a teapot, a toaster, / and a kitchen sink”—provide only the barest start on a complete catalog. As usual, the colors pop, and every tiniest detail is distinctly visible. The visual legerdemain includes a multileveled highway interchange that switches from day to night with a lift of the side flap and a Rube Goldberg–style mechanism for launching a helium balloon (viewers are challenged to visualize how it works). Wick transforms common materials like gears and other metal junk to concoct a classic robot, and painted cardboard turns into a fully furnished, Star Wars–worthy spaceship. Following views of everything (more or less) neatly stowed on shelves at the end, Wick adds additional challenges plus construction notes on each project.

Another mesmerizing outing from the sultan of seek-and-find. (Picture book. 6-9)

Pub Date: Sept. 29, 2015

ISBN: 978-0-545-50216-0

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Scholastic

Review Posted Online: April 29, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15, 2015

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A lesson that never grows old, enacted with verve by two favorite friends


From the Elephant & Piggie series

Gerald the elephant learns a truth familiar to every preschooler—heck, every human: “Waiting is not easy!”

When Piggie cartwheels up to Gerald announcing that she has a surprise for him, Gerald is less than pleased to learn that the “surprise is a surprise.” Gerald pumps Piggie for information (it’s big, it’s pretty, and they can share it), but Piggie holds fast on this basic principle: Gerald will have to wait. Gerald lets out an almighty “GROAN!” Variations on this basic exchange occur throughout the day; Gerald pleads, Piggie insists they must wait; Gerald groans. As the day turns to twilight (signaled by the backgrounds that darken from mauve to gray to charcoal), Gerald gets grumpy. “WE HAVE WASTED THE WHOLE DAY!…And for WHAT!?” Piggie then gestures up to the Milky Way, which an awed Gerald acknowledges “was worth the wait.” Willems relies even more than usual on the slightest of changes in posture, layout and typography, as two waiting figures can’t help but be pretty static. At one point, Piggie assumes the lotus position, infuriating Gerald. Most amusingly, Gerald’s elephantine groans assume weighty physicality in spread-filling speech bubbles that knock Piggie to the ground. And the spectacular, photo-collaged images of the Milky Way that dwarf the two friends makes it clear that it was indeed worth the wait.

A lesson that never grows old, enacted with verve by two favorite friends . (Early reader. 6-8)

Pub Date: Nov. 4, 2014

ISBN: 978-1-4231-9957-1

Page Count: 64

Publisher: Hyperion

Review Posted Online: Nov. 5, 2014

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15, 2014

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Readers who (inexplicably) find David Lawrence’s Pickle and Penguin (2004) just too weird may settle in more comfortably...


A lad finds a penguin on his doorstep and resolutely sets out to return it in this briefly told import. 

Eventually, he ends up rowing it all the way back to Antarctica, braving waves and storms, filling in the time by telling it stories. But then, feeling lonely after he drops his silent charge off, he belatedly realizes that it was probably lonely too, and turns back to find it. Seeing Jeffers’s small, distant figures in wide, simply brushed land- and sea-scapes, young viewers will probably cotton to the penguin’s feelings before the boy himself does—but all’s well that ends well, and the reunited companions are last seen adrift together in the wide blue sea. 

Readers who (inexplicably) find David Lawrence’s Pickle and Penguin (2004) just too weird may settle in more comfortably with this—slightly—less offbeat friendship tale. (Picture book. 6-8)

Pub Date: Jan. 1, 2006

ISBN: 0-399-24503-0

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Philomel

Review Posted Online: June 24, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2005

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