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Look! A Book! By Bob Staake
My grandsons — especially 6-year-old Jun — are currently into “I Spy” types of books. The boys really liked this book…and with a subtitle “A Zany Seek-and-Find Adventure”, I could see why.
Right from the start, the boys were intrigued by the page style. It starts out with 3 rhyming word lines and 3 punched holes on the page– that peeks into the next page.
They liked putting their fingers through the holes, then flipping the pages back and forth before settling in to search for the item they were supposed to find.
The pictures were terrific and there were many details — as you would expect — to make the find challenging. This is the first book we have read by the writer / illustrator Bob Staake, who won a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book award in 2006.
The structure of the book kept 4-year-old Gabriel engaged to the very end…and both boys were disappointed that the book ended.
So it’s a good thing the author included another “finding” exercise at the end! Which we did not have time for –but was a nice enticement to continue looking again the next day.
I remember when my daughter was a little girl, the “Where’s Waldo” book series were very popular and she had a few of those books—though I don’t remember the Waldo books having the fun rhyming words.
Great rhyming words are always a good feature for beginning readers — so in that sense, (plus the interesting punch through holes) this is a definite improvement from the Where’s Waldo series.