Where’s the Baboon?
Michaël Escoffier, illus. by Kris Di Giacomo. Enchanted Lion (Consortium, dist.), $17.95 (40p) ISBN 978-1-59270-189-6
Escoffier and Di Giacomo keep up the wordplay in this fun companion to 2014’s Take Away the A, which invites readers to find the names of animals hidden within various words. The text consists of a series of questions (“Who is hiding behind the castle?”), with red letters highlighting the answers (in this case, the C, A, and T in “castle”). Di Giacomo’s rough-hewn illustrations place the action in a rowdy school, with plenty of funny encounters to keep kids giggling: a brown cow looks sidelong at three mischief-making mice who seem to be making a glue catapult, while the baboon of the title shows up—with a big “boo”—in the final pages. Ages 4–8. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 09/28/2015