Out the Window

illus. by Cybèle Young. 30p. Groundwood. 2014. Board $12.95. ISBN 9781554983704.
PreS—This beautifully designed accordion-fold board book will provide plenty of entertainment for the littlest readers. As the book literally unfolds, a small bear-like creature accidently throws his ball through a window. In the small window square, everything from what looks like the beginning of a slide to bubbles appear as the creature struggles to climb up and interact with the tantalizing objects. Finally, as the creature decides to use a chair to look out, the text instructs readers that it is "time to turn around." As readers flip the book, they will see the creature celebrating as he watches a unique parade filled with uncommon animals and bizarre inventions. The youngest prereaders will love the colorful and busy illustrations done in mixed media, while slightly older ones will understand that they are seeing "the window" from the other side. Although the book construction is clever, it is delicate and may not stand up to multiple circulations. It will, however, make for a wonderful new baby gift.—Brooke Rasche, La Crosse Public Library, WI

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