Paper Peek Alphabet by Chihiro Takeuchi. Candlewick Studio, 2021. 9781536211504
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4
Format: Board book
What did you like about the book? This cute and stylish die-cut effort combines ABCs and counting with a look-and-find board book. The letters of the alphabet are grouped in threes, with ABC fronted by a cut-out acorn. Through the acorn, we can see objects beginning with all 3 letters, and when the page is turned, we see the puzzle. Can you find 1 armadillo, 2 bicycles, 3 camels, 4 alligators, and 5 bananas? Each number is accompanied by tiny icons of the objects, so even pre-readers will be able to figure out what to find. Then we’re on to DEF, fronted by a dog cut-out, and GHI, fronted by a bunch of grapes, and so on. The bright, solid images are really attractive and sophisticated, and I loved the variety of icons. Not all will be instantly recognizable, but they’re often intriguing!
Anything you didn’t like about it? The images on the look-and-find pages are quite small, uniformly the size of dime, and with about 100 on each oversized board book page, the search will be quite a task.
To whom would you recommend this book? Toddlers ages 2-3 and families looking for alphabet books. This would be a great diversion while waiting in the doctor’s office.
Who should buy this book? Preschools, daycares, public libraries
Where would you shelve it? Board books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No
Reviewer: Susan Harari, Keefe Library, Boston Latin School, Boston, MA
Date of review: April 11, 2022