Barefoot Bks. Oct. 2023. 28p. $19.99. ISBN 9798888590195.
PreS-Gr 1–This interactive board book will entertain any animal-loving youngster. Each spread presents readers with a short paragraph describing an animal hidden on the page. The clues provide facts about the creature and ask readers to guess who is hiding. Once they are ready to uncover the animal, they can reveal it themselves, a feature that will surely delight young children. Various creatures are included, such as insects, mammals, and reptiles. The Spanish to English is choppy, with frequent switches in and out of rhyme that are awkward. Still, the target age group will likely care more about the reveal than the text. The illustrations are whimsical and engaging, creating visual interest by incorporating various textures and color schemes that fit the habitat of the hidden animal. Additional animals are featured in the landscapes; readers will love identifying them, too. Finally, back matter provides an age-appropriate explanation of camouflage and information about how every featured animal implements this survival strategy.
VERDICT Despite a flawed text, the hide-and-seek and illustrations will keep children returning to this book; it will not stand up to heavy use, but in limited circulation or story hour sharing, it will be a hit.

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