Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 5
Genre: Picture Book
What did you like about the book? The traditional rhyme “We’re Going On a Bear Hunt” gets an Easter makeover: “We’re going on an egg hunt. We’re going to find them all. We’re REALLY excited…HOORAY for Easter Day!” Readers join the rabbit family in the egg hunt by lifting flaps. Some flaps hide one of the ten eggs and others are hiding forest creatures including a snail and a hedgehog. The book alternates double page spreads with the refrain and three flaps with double page illustrations of some of the other animals the rabbits encounter. “Oh, no – LAMBS! Can’t go over them. Can’t go under them. Can’t go around them. Got to go through them…Baa! Baa! Baa!” A wolf is hiding behind the final egg, so the rabbits hurry back home through the ducks, bees, chicks and lambs to slam the door on the wolf and enjoy their Easter eggs for lunch. The watercolor and ink illustrations perfectly complement the story in soft springtime hues. The sturdy pages and flaps should hold up to multiple readings. Children will love joining in the repeated refrains and lifting all the flaps. A fun Easter story!
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? This is a perfect addition to Easter themed story times. Readers who love the original “Going on a Bear Hunt” will love this new holiday version as will children who enjoy lift the flap books.
Who should buy this book? Public libraries and elementary school libraries
Where would you shelve it? Picture Books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? Yes
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA
Date of review: 9/21/17