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LOOKY LOOKY by Sandra Magsamen


Discover Your World

From the Looky Looky Little One series

by Sandra Magsamen ; illustrated by Sandra Magsamen

Pub Date: Aug. 4th, 2020
ISBN: 978-1-72821-408-5
Publisher: Sourcebooks Wonderland

From the prolific board-book creator, a picture book that teaches young preschoolers to notice details.

Two double-page spreads introduce each section’s theme. A third (and in one case fourth) spread is devoted to a specific object: pigs for the farm, seahorses for the sea, and airplanes for things that go. Nine animals appear on the first spread of the baby-animals section before spreads focusing on giraffes and elephants. The seek-and-find activities grow increasingly challenging, as the differences become ever more subtle. Instructions set in white text within one large, colored dot on each spread begin “looky looky.” Clues in four smaller dots per spread point to sometimes silly features in the illustrations, such as a pig with a mustache. Occasional clues challenge emergent readers to find words printed on the page. The generous square format allows plenty of room for details in the pictures to stand out. Animals and objects outlined in Magsamen’s trademark applique-style faux stitching are clear against solid backgrounds. Cloying and clunky rhymes that open and close the book come across as unnecessary filler given the self-explanatory nature of the seek-and-find activity.

Neatly bridges the gap between board books and more complex seek-and-find titles.

(Picture book. 3-6)