A unique board book that facilitates interactive, imaginative play through visual imagery that is designed to become almost anything — other than a book.
Author / Illustrator: Jean Jullien
Length: 34 pages
Word Choice: This is a wordless book, with an appropriate title as it is does not have an inherent story.
Illustrations: Each double-spread page contains a distinct picture in which the binding helps the representation of a 3 dimensional object or space. We really enjoyed the pages that depict something that opens, or bends or folds (such as a laptop, fridge or tent). The favorite page for my kids was the piano, they both would break out into song when we came to it.
Read-aloud-ability: This is a unusual book, in that it facilitates play rather than reading or conversation. We had a lot of fun playing together (and learning to take turns!) with this amusing book, with no reading or story telling involved.
Additional thoughts: There are two pages that some parents might find inappropriate as they open up to depict a butt. We found it rather unexpected (my son thought it was a plant at first) but amusing. Aside from any concerns regarding that page, overall I loved the fact that this book encourages independent creative play, and thought that it would be a smart choice if one is looking for a book to bring along on a trip as it doubles as a toy.
Kids’ Vote: 4 Stars
Parents’ Vote: 4 Stars
Overall Rating: 4 Stars