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Monday, February 22, 2016

Who Done It? Written and illustrated by Olivier Tallec. Chronicle Books, Raincoast. 2015. $21.99 ages 3 and up

"Who forgot a

Who's trying
to scare you?

I know that kids will love the look of this book. It is a rectangular shape with the spine at the top, and has three somewhat apprehensive characters huddled between the title words. Open it up, the title page shows two new characters: one full of confidence, the other does not seem so.

The first question is asked on a page showing two rows of characters (top and bottom) and is meant to focus the reader on finding the answer. Terrific characters, each with their own story for us to imagine, look back at the reader as a choice is made. Some of the questions are easily answered, while others take more considered thought.

The focus throughout this welcome book is the variety in emotions. Young readers may find themselves within its pages. If so, they are likely to want to share their stories. You can't help but take a very careful look at each of the characters while checking to see if there is only one answer. It's  great for getting the very young interested in a search and find type of book, with hopes that it will lead to more complicated texts. If you are not sure of the answer, there's a key at the back.

Olivier Tallec knows his audience. Once again, he gives us a book that will entertain and engage. I'd love to listen in on the conversations that arise as it is shared. Be sure to look for it!

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