Out of Sight

Pittau & Gervais, Chronicle, $19.99 (16p) ISBN 978-0-8118-7712-1
In this sophisticated guess-the-animal book, oversize pages feature large flaps offering visual clues about the animals concealed underneath. A deer's black antlers are silhouetted against a white flap underneath a Bactrian camel's humps. Elsewhere, flaps of varying sizes display striped and spotted pelage, and cutout flaps offer a peek at the snouts and limbs of a moustached monkey, platypus, and others. The unexpected details about each animal ("Marmots can whistle") should fascinate even adults, but the core appeal is in the abstract elements that challenge readers' way of seeing. Ages 4–8. (Dec.)
Reviewed on: 11/08/2010
Release date: 11/01/2010
Genre: Children's
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