Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, $16.99, 48 pages
Seek-and-find books are all the rage, and you’ll find a secret on every page! Bob Staake, author and illustrator, presents a fun and exciting adventure in Look! A Book!. The focus isn’t on lengthy text, but on detailed images. As Staake states, “Not a lot of words to read – the pictures here are all you need!” The words that are included all creatively rhyme. Readers are invited to explore an underwater world, robot factory, haunted house, and a theme park. Each scene has objects for you to search for and find. Just when you think you have nothing left to discover, you’ll find an additional list of new objects to look for on each page. This encourages kids to read the book more than once.
Staake has created a unique book that kids will spend hours enjoying, hunting for the hidden items and poring over every small detail. They can make lists of things they see and challenge their friends to find them. Parents can sit with their kids and spend quality time looking through the fabulous illustrations.
Reviewed by Kathryn Franklin