Seek & Find Books



Seek and Find Books Reviewed by Susan Fry

My children love puzzles, and they love books.  So the following seek-and-find books, in which the illustrations do more than just tell a story, have them hooked!

Escape of Marvin the Ape, by Caralyn and Mark Buehner

It’s feeding time at the zoo, and Marvin the ape slips out while the zookeeper isn’t looking.  The book follows Marvin’s adventures in the big city as two clueless police officers hunt for him.  Children will delight in spotting Marvin as he hides behind a menu at a restaurant, swings through the trees in a park, and catches a fly ball at a baseball game.  But don’t stop there!  Really observant children will also find the ostrich, cat, and dog following Marvin, too.

Spot It!: Find the Hidden Creatures, by Delphine Chedru

This surprisingly beautiful book hides a different animal on each page. Read the clues such as, “Find the owl who needs her glasses.”  Then, seek the animal among the stylized designs — charming, retro-looking wallpaper, striped arches, and red-and-blue pom poms.  Sometimes, even adults might need a few tries to find everything.

Pigs from A to Z, by Arthur Geisert

A group of pigs are building a tree house.  Along the way, kids can find letters ingeniously concealed in the branches, tools, and surrounding meadows.  One letter appears five times on each page, along with the letter preceding and following it, so kids can learn the order of the alphabet as well as the letter shapes.  Geisert’s woodcut-inspired pigs aren’t too cutesy, and fans of construction sites will find plenty to love.

Susan Fry is a writer and mother in the San Francisco Bay Area. She’s written for Stanford Magazine, salon, the San Jose Mercury News, and many other publications.

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