Somewhere in this book an elephant and her baby are hiding, and it’s up to readers to find them! But it’s not quite as straightforward for readers as looking on the page – every spread features a series of flaps that elongates the spread and reveals entirely new friends from the animal kingdom. Ask the lion and his cubs where the elephants are, and they’ll tell you they don’t know, but unfold the flap to find the lions turn into the hedgehogs, which in turn unfolds to reveal a family of orangutans!
The animals are linked by color (rather than physical location or spot in the food chain), with gray penguins turning into gray bears turning into gray elephants. The flaps are consistently on the recto pages and open to the right to reveal each new set of parent-child animals. Khodai cleverly chooses colors that keep readers on their toes and wondering what animals the flaps will reveal, and there’s a small index at the front of the book to remind readers what the official names of baby animals are (a baby orangutan is an infant!) so they can further engage with the minimalistic text.
July 15, 2021 at 10:33AM email@example.com (Mel Schuit)