Author: Bob Staake
Illustrator: Bob Staake
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication Date: 2011
Genre/Format: Search and Find/Picture Book
Summary: This is not your average search and find. With die cuts on the pages and fun rhymes, kids are asked to search the book for some off-the-wall items.
What I Think: I love all the energy in this book! The illustrations are fun and kooky. Peanut had a lot of fun looking at all the animals doing silly things. We would stop to read the solid colored pages with the holes cut into them so you get a little sneak peak of the next page...but then we would turn the page and he would gasp at everything to look at. Honestly, I don't like to have to look and look and look for too many items in a search book so this was perfect for me because there is only one outrageous item to find on every layout. Believe me, that one item is still hard enough to find! If you are keen on looking for more, there is another list at the back that you can go back and look for.
Don't underestimate the power of a seek-and-find book. Books that encourage young readers to interact are great. I truly believe in letting little kids enjoy the experience of reading and this book definitely does that. Little kiddos need the fun that comes in experiencing a book to help them progress as readers. Here's probably my favorite part of this book: there is tremendous language to learn from it! You didn't expect that, did you? Honestly, there are strong words and descriptions in this book that are great to expose kids to. Like I said, don't underestimate this one. It's worth it.
Read Together: Pre-K - 5
Read Alone: Pre-K - 5
Read With: Press Here by Herve Tullet, Where's Waldo? The Complete Collection by Martin Handford, Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale, Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity and Knuffle Bunny Free: An Unexpected Diversion by Mo Willems (can you find the Pigeon? from Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!)
Snatch of Text:
A cowboy cook!
Weird and kooky THINGS THAT GO! Some go fast, some go slow!
Can you find the squawking crow?"Reading Strategies to Practice: Reading for Details, Scanning
Writing Strategies to Practice: Narrative, Descriptive
Writing Prompts: Choose an illustration from one of the layouts and write a story for the character(s) you chose.
Topics Covered: $100 Words, Adjectives
Translated to Spanish: No