May 5, 2014

Seek-and-Find

We all know Where's WaldoI Spy, and Magic Eye by now, but there are some beautiful (and more modern) seek-and-find books out there.

If you follow this blog even a little bit, I'm sure it comes as no surprise that a Germano Zullo-Albertine collaboration is at the top of the list. At the Seaside is a fun, quirky, and wordless seek-and-find boardbook with seven huge spreads that are chock full of crazy scenarios and characters, including a trio of aliens, a movie star and her stalker, and a couple who didn't know they'd be finding love by the end of the book. Although there's a ton going on in each illustration, the back cover showcases the main characters of the story so readers can better follow the main story lines. My personal favorite? The mermaid who goes from a mermaid to a towel to a blow up doll to...well you'll just have to read to find out!







Another really fun seek-and-find book is The Odd One Out by Britta Teckentrup. Certainly more straightforward than At the Seaside, the book asks readers to find the one animal who doesn't fit into the illustration. The mixed media illustrations are eye-catching and beautiful, and finding the odd one out is definitely a challenge!





A little less straightforward is Charlotte Dematons' Holland. The 56-page wordless picturebook is beautiful, with illustrations detailing every corner of Holland for readers. What makes this a seek-and-find book, however, is the companion 1000 Things About Holland book that explains the details of every illustration, making the book a sort of I Spy for the more detail-oriented. The book definitely stands on its own as a piece of art, however, whether or not everyone is able to pick up on the subtleties of life in Holland.







Lastly, there's Fish on a Walk by Eva Muggenthaler. Full of fantastical scenarios, each spread comes with two words, and it's the readers' jobs to create a story out of what they see. It's a super fun read-aloud activity, and the narrative is infinite. Although it's not so much seek-and-find as it is point-and-talk, the illustrations are colorful, whimsical, and rife with story.


Cranky-Kind

Lazy-Hardworking


Any other beautiful seek-and-find books out there??

Still here,
Mel