Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because it is just a really fun book.
Find Me: A Hide-and-Seek Book
By Anders Arhoj
40 pages – ages 4+
Published by Chronicle Books on September 5, 2017
Opening and Synopsis- Opening: “Let’s play a game! I’ll close my eyes and you’ll hide.”
Synopsis from Publisher: “This book has eyes—and an irresistible cover! Kids will delight in this innovative seek-and-find picture book that may be read from front to back and from back to front! Two adorable characters embark on an over-the-top game of hide-and-seek through eleven richly detailed scenes, including a lively neighborhood, a bustling shop, an offbeat office space, a festive concert, and more. Open the book from the front to search for one of the characters. Then, open the book from the back to search for the other. It’s two hide-and-seek experiences in one book. As the characters move through each illustrated spread, their colors change, too, adding to the abundant fun.”
What I Thought- This is a very creative picture book. It has both challenging and easy spreads, so readers of many ages will enjoy finding the character. The illustrations are whimsical and full of so many little details – they are perfect for a look-and-find book, but also are just really fun to look at. Arhoj really has created a wonderful book that kids will love.
The book is mostly wordless, with the opening explaining the premise of the book, and then you get wowed by the spreads. One thing I noticed is that at the back, the other character decides to hide, so you flip through again looking for that character – genius! I would never have thought of that, but it also makes perfect sense! I think families will have a nice time trying to find the characters together. This is just a really fun book!
Activities and Resources-
Play Hide-and-Seek! An awesome – never out of style game!
Enclyclopedia Britanica has a short history of the game including how it is played around the world – click HERE
There is an interview with the author about the book over at Chronicle Books – click HERE
To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!