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Author: Cecile Boyer

Illustrator: Cecile Boyer

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Publisher: Chronicle Books, 2015

Material: hard cover

Summary: Catch the ball! Join in as a dog tries to catch a bright red ball that goes through a backyard, a family dinner, the zoo, and a park. See what happens when the ball bounces off all kinds of people and through various places. Using only illustrations, the author builds a vivid scene and fast-paced action. Will the dog get the ball? This is a wordless picture book.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 1 to 4; read yourself: all ages

Interest Level: 1 to 3

Age of Child: Read with children ages 3 and 5.

Young Reader Reaction: They loved the illustrations, but they weren't that interested in turning the pages or speculating about what happens next.

Adult Reader Reaction: I like this book! If my kids were a little younger, they would have really liked it as well. The illustrations are fabulous and so dynamic that you don't miss the words.

Pros: Fantastic, bright, and cheerful illustrations plus an interesting structure with panels for the child to turn make this a great selection for infants and toddlers. Being wordless, you can make your own story.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. My kids were too old for this book, but I think it would make a wonderful gift for a baby or a younger toddler.

If You Liked This Book, Try: BUSY BABY: TRUCKS   WIGGLE!   ONE RED DOT

Educational Themes: Since this is wordless you and your reader can make up your own stories. With infants and young toddlers, point to the different things on the page. Run your finger (and theirs) along the lines to demonstrate the ball's movement.

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 - animal characters, picture book

Date(s) Reviewed: October 2015

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