Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Read, Read, Read, said the Baby: Look, Look Again by Agnese Baruzzi

This is very clever and just the thing for kids who want something to grab their interest and their little fingers.

The left side of each spread lists 1 item with a variant on the title - look again, unless, could it be, etc. The right side shows the single item, but when you pull out an accordion fold the 1 thing turns into several things. This is the counting portion. 1 mushroom turns into 4 toucans, 1 strawberry turns into 5 red birds, all the way up to 10.

The pictures are colorful and, if they sometimes push belief a little (why do the carrot-turned-rabbits have spring of green on their ears?) they are undeniably clever and cute. Kids will also enjoy manipulating the double folds that reveal the creatures.

However, I'm a bit doubtful about how this will hold up to repeated uses by a library audience. The folds are, of necessity, thin, slick cardboard. They are not too flimsy, but very few fold-out pages or movable parts last past more than a couple circulations in my library.

Verdict: A fun and interesting concept. If you have an audience who's careful with their board books or the budget to replace frequently, definitely add this one.

ISBN: 9789888341207; Published 2016 by Minedition; Review copy provided by the publisher for Cybils; Donated to the library

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