Where’s My Sweetie Pie?

Ed Emberley, Author Little, Brown/LB Kids $7.99 (14p) ISBN 978-0-316-01891-3

There are plenty of cute surprises in this lift-the-flap book that takes readers on a search to answer the titular question. Beside the query, “In this chair?” flipping a chair-shaped flap reveals a teddy bear and the refrain, “But where’s my sweetie pie?” An owl, frog, butterfly, and mouse await behind later flaps, culminating in a mirrored surface under a heart-shaped locket on the final spread: “There you are! Hello, sweetie pie!” The gentle buildup and “starring you” finish will likely prompt rereading. Up to age 3. (Jan.)

Reviewed on: 01/25/2010
Release date: 01/01/2010
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