A crossing guard newt!
MORE images of every kind!
From a music
note to a teeny red boat, a blue kangaroo to a robot or two,
there are endless things to discover in this zany follow-up to
Look! A Book! from award-winning artist Bob Staake. Die cuts
on the cover and every spread reveal hidden treasures in each
vast landscape, from a zoo gone wild to an out-of-this-world
moon base to a crazy art museum, and more, providing hours of
entertainment to readers young and old.
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buffet of images greet readers in Staake's interactive seek-and-find
book, a companion to Look! A Book! (2010). Die-cut circles provide
sneak peeks of objects on the preceding and following pages ("Look!
A chair! A pear! A miniature bear! A skunk! A trunk! A UFO punk!"),
connecting wildly diverse spreads that visit urban, spooky, and
even extraterrestrial settings. The happily hectic scenes brim
with irreverent details. A zoo ("areful, or you'll step
on poo!/ Quick! Now find the crab fondue!") features a ghost,
robot, and a monster on a leash who join a tiger, in addition
to the usual animal suspects, while modern art masterpieces creep
out of their frames at a museum. Staake's enthusiastic verse
is contagious in a book that promises hours of offbeat entertainment.
sequel to Look! A Book! (2011) picks up just where the last one
ended. With the same welcoming die cuts and sparkling graphic
style, Staake's creativity and humor are front and center here.
From the opening pages, readers know what's to come. "Now
open up this crazy book, / grab a seat-and have a LOOK!"
Readers will take a lot more than just one look at these absorbing
pages. The solid-colored pages are graced with small die cuts
that reveal little tidbits of the busy scenes hiding on the following
spreads. Sometimes the page turns make the images blend seamlessly
into the busy new scene in a pleasing way, allowing readers to
wonder how the illustrator pulled that little magic trick. The
die cuts themselves also seem to disappear with the page turn,
leading readers to touch the pages to find the circles and to
prove that they are still there. Each scene is a familiar one,
but closer inspection reveals surprising details. On the school
page, a sasquatch cavorts on the playground, an alligator acts
as crossing guard, and a one-eyed green monster peeks around
the schoolhouse. Art lovers will love the very hip museum scene,
filled with familiar, iconic images. Even the copyright page
has an inside joke for the careful observer. The jaunty rhyme
and easy-to-decode words make this a perfect choice for the new
noteworthy sequel has many similarities to Look! A Book! (Little,
Brown, 2011): bright, colorful pages with very little wording
and cutouts that highlight what is on the next page, spreads
of intricate cartoonlike drawings, and Staake's everlasting creativity.
The author's use of language conjures up delightful imagery:
how about "a fish reading mail" or a "crossing
guard newt"? Look! Another Book! is a puzzle and a poem
in one. Staake's whimsical text challenges readers to find objects
in the pictures, and the book concludes with a giant foldout
rocket. There are fun references for adults, too (look for the
Bukowski Delicatessen or the Honeybaked Haggis store). Guaranteed
to become a favorite among children.-Mary Cass Mabbot, Indianapolis
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