Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Read, Read, Read said the Baby: Who's hiding by Sebastien Braun

This review was previously published. I have rewritten and edited it.

This is a classic and adorable board book. The 8 pages of text are each a simple question, asking the reader who's hiding under a leaf, behind a bush, etc. When you lift the flap, the name of the animal is shown in bold print.

The illustrations are a little more simplistic than Braun's picture book titles, but perfect for this audience. Smiling babies, with a range of skin colors and genders, happily peer behind and into the various items. The pictures are drawn so a large portion of the animal can be seen, giving a clear hint on where to look. The flaps are thick and sturdy, but the attaching paper "hinge" could use reinforcement. The book is about 6x6 inches square.

Verdict: I don't usually do lift the flap board books (or any books) but these appear to be quite sturdy and easy to reinforce if necessary. I think the white backgrounds might get dirty faster than I like, but this is really cute and so nicely designed to appeal to a toddler that it's worth it.

ISBN: 9780763659325; Published 2011 by Candlewick; Borrowed from another library in my consortium; Purchased for my library

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