One Is Not a Pair: a spotting book – Britta Teckentrup

      One Is Not a Pair: a spotting book – Britta Teckentrup, Big Picture Press, (9780763693190), 2017

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review)  4

Genre:   Picture Book

What did you like about the book?  This is a challenging and entertaining book for readers who like to spot patterns or search for visual clues.  Readers must find the one loner among pairs of items.  These include ice cream cones, tractors, colored pencils and socks. Some pages are more challenging than others, especially the page of 61 colored pencils against a black background.  The bright digital illustrations are accompanied by rhyming text:”A new box of pencils/ in colors so bright/are all newly sharpened/ and ready to write.  There’s two of each color, some read and some green, but one does not match-is it one that you’ve seen?”  This is sure to keep searchers occupied for a long time.  

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book?  This is a wonderful and challenging book for readers who like search and find books.  Hand it to fans of the author’s previous two works in this genre, The Odd One Out and Where’s the Pair? as well as those who enjoy the Where’s Waldo series by  Martin Handford.

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: 3/19/17             

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