Thursday, December 15, 2016

Review: Look, Look Again by Agnese Baruzzi

Look Look

Books with moving parts can be the bane of librarians, yet it seems like every board book I have enjoyed lately is just that type! Fortunately, this one appears to be sturdily constructed, and will hopefully enjoy a long life on our shelves.

Each set of pages shows a simple shape - a donut, and apple, a flower. Or, does it? Unfold the page, and you find one cat...or two crocodiles...or three roosters! The counting part of it is almost an extra. The real fun comes in learning to look at each shape differently, and in guessing what else it might be. Adults may remember similar photo games in magazines like National Geographic for Kids, or in the back pages of Reader's Digest. The hands-on manipulation takes this a step further (hey, anyone else remember folding the pages of Mad Magazine?) Littler ones will be amazed at the transformation, while older children can be led in games of, "what else could a circle be?"

A fun gift for a little one's stocking, or for your classroom/library shelves!

***This book has been nominated for the Cybils Awards, and I am a first-round panelist in this category. There are many other panelists, and many MANY other great nominees, so a good or bad review here does not necessarily predict placement on the shortlist.  

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