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PEEK-A-ZOO

Author: Nina Laden

Illustrator: Nina Laden

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Publisher: Chronicle Books, 2014

Material: board book

Summary: The left pages of the book start with "Peek-a-" and then a hole in the next page. The hole gives a glimpse of the animal that will be on the next page. Kids can guess what the next animal will be and what type of "Peek-a-Boo" it will be. For example, on the Tiger page it says Peek-A-Mew. Kids get involved in reading this board book.

Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 1 to 3; read yourself: 4 to 6

Interest Level: 1 to 3

Age of Child: Read with children 1.5 and 3.5 years old.

Young Reader Reaction: My son is 1-1/2 years old and loves the game peek-a-boo, so he immediately took to this book. It was also short enough that it kept his attention. The size was perfect for his little hands when he wanted to try holding it himself.

I wasn't sure my almost 4-year-old daughter would enjoy it but she did. She especially liked the game of guessing what animal would be next. Lots of giggling all around each time we read this book.

Adult Reader Reaction: I liked this book because it was a fun read. My children enjoyed listening to it and I enjoyed the time with them. They got involved in the book and were waiting for me to say peek-a-boo or to guess the animal.

Both of my children loved this book. I was not at all surprised with my son's reaction because all you have to do is say the words peek-a-boo and he starts grinning. I was surprised my daughter liked it so much since I felt it might be too young for her but she loved it!

Pros: This book is so much fun, and my daughter's reaction showed me that a good book is a good book no matter how old you are! My kids asked to read it again right away. It is a good size for your children's hands. The colors and pictures were fun too!

Cons: I wish it were a little bit longer, a few more Peek-A-Boo animals. This would make the book larger and maybe not so easy for little hands.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. Children will want to read this book over and over again. I am all for checking books out of the library but this is one that they will fall in love with.

I am at an age where many of my friends are having babies and I love to help them start their libraries. I keep a list of favorite first books for children. I will be adding this to that list.

If You Liked This Book, Try: I Spy series by Edward Gibbs THE FARMYARD JAMBOREE   HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO WHOOO? A Baby Animal Riddle Book   PICTURE DICTIONARY: A FIRST SEE-AND-SAY BOOK (Patchwork Series)

Educational Themes: I think it could be used for predictions. You could challenge children to create their own Peek-A's.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - animals, nature, interactive learning

Date(s) Reviewed: March 2015

Other Reviews: See Critics' Reviews and reader feedback at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.




                 

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