The Lost Picnic: A Seek and Find Book – B. B. Cronin

      The Lost Picnic: A Seek and Find Book – B. B. Cronin, Viking, (9781101999226), 2017.

Format: Hard cover picture book

Rating: 1-5:  (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3

What did you like about the book? When jowly bulldog-looking Grandad sets off with his grandson and granddaughter to have a picnic, they first tie their large picnic basket on top of the car. After driving through scenic towns and country sides, they arrive at their destination only to find that the picnic basket is empty – all the items fell out along the way! A pile of what the missing items look like is displayed, and readers are asked to start back at the beginning of the story to find them. Hints, such as, “Grandad is thinking of the cheese and lemonade he packed in the basket” appear on pages where the missing items will be found. The author’s signature garish neon colors make the task of finding the missing items challenging, but knowing what the items look like helps.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Recommended for children in grades preK-2 who prefer their search and find books to be on the challenging side and especially to fans of the author’s previous book, The Lost House.

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:  10/1/17

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