Find the Dots – written by Andy Mansfield


  Find the Dots – written by Andy Mansfield, Candlewick Studio, (9780763695583), 2017.

Format: Hardcover Picture Book

Rating: 1-5:  (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4.5

What did you like about the book? Think lift-the-flap book on steroids and you will begin to have an idea what this playful interactive book is like. On the title page, it shows these terms: push, pull, lift, turn, twist, fold, look, peek. Readers will need to do every one of those actions to solve the ten creative puzzles that are posed inside. The first puzzle, for instance, is to “Find 1 red dot.” No red dots appear on the page, but if readers fold four flaps in, the now uncovered corners of the flaps overlap to form a red dot. Each puzzle is unique. What a clever way to introduce youngsters to problem-solving while providing an opportunity to practice counting and recognizing colors!

Anything you didn’t like about it? Readers might lose interest after solving the puzzles. Coupled with the fact that it is extremely sturdy, this might be particularly well-suited for a circulating collection.

To whom would you recommend this book? Recommended for youngsters in first to third grade.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries.

Where would you shelve it?  Shelve with picture books.

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  No.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Mary Melaugh, Marshall Middle School Library, Billerica, MA

Date of review:  4/21/17

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