PPBF has returned! Perfect Picture Book Fridays took a summer break and I did too. Now, it’s time to share a few books our family fell in love with over the summer.
Author and Illustrator Édouard Manceau or visit the Publisher’s bio.
Owl kids Books Inc., 2015 (North American)
Published in France under the title Le petit curieux by Editions Milan, 2014
Suitable for: ages 3-7
Theme/Topic: Exploration, Concept Book, Interactive
Opening Spread: One day, a curious little kid picked up this book.
Brief Synopsis: (from the back cover) Take a LOOK! And see the world in a new way.
Resources: Use the book. The final spread asks “…What do you see?” Take the book out into the world and write down what you see. Turn to the spread asking you to look through the hole — Look for items that are red, orange, blue, and green? You can also talk about the numbers and letters not mentioned on that page of the book.
Why I Like This Book: I’m so grateful my library carries books by Édouard Manceau (See PPBF posts The Race and Windblown). I found this one while studying recent board books and concept books. Oh, I was delighted. Enzo and I had fun reading this together. The design of the book is fabulous. There is a “viewing hole” where you can see beyond the story when the book is open. The story takes the curious little kid through a series of concepts — colors, location, movement, size, distance, sound, shapes, texture, letters, and numbers. From the first spread to the last spread, LOOK! offers a mash up of concepts, but it isn’t overwhelming.
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While I’m not adding this to PPBF, I wanted to share Enzo’s first library check out.
Enzo enjoyed The Magic Gourd by Baba Wagué Diakité. It’s a fable from Mali. I’m volunteering in his school library and love the selection of books for the kiddos.
Wendy Greenley says
You do it all-traveling and blogging! My library system doesn’t have this one, so maybe Mr. Manceau will get another sale. 😉
Beth Anderson says
This one LOOKS (ha!) really interesting!
Patricia Tilton says
I love your choice! It is contemporary and unique. I like the use of space too. If Enzo gives it a thumbs up, it must be a fun read! Also like the first book he chose from the library. And, it is multicultural! Hope you review it.
Catherine Johnson says
Carol Munro says
Intriguing book! Seems like it would be a good design for a book about composition for photographers. I’m putting this on reserve at the library. (btw, today I’m picking up Mr. Squirrel and the Moon!)
Rosi Hollinbeck says
It’s nice to see you back! Hope you had a great summer. This book looks really cute. I will try to check it out.
Jilanne Hoffmann says
Welcome back! Love the “cool” factor of your selection. And Enzo’s choice looks like a winner. I have yet to make it back to my blog. Must get organized!
Mary Koch says
Thanks for the recommendation. Sounds perfect for an active, curious great-grandchild.
Sue Wang says
How fun! At first it looked strange-shaped. Kids would love it. Cool window to look through and see the world. Matching and mismatching. Great concept. 🙂
Christie Allred says
I wondered why the shape was different. I love the viewing hole idea. Makes me say, why didn’t I think of that? Great suggestion 🙂
Sue Heavenrich says
What a neat idea: a viewing hole. A perfect way to focus attention and hone observation skills. As Christie said: why didn’t I think of that?
I am always adding new great things to our school library wish-list, thanks for the review. So many books, so little budget!