In this Dutch import, a boy named Andy invites readers to help him find his cat, Sam, who is sometimes "a bit naughty" and likes to hide. The search starts in the house and backyard, before moving to locales like the beach, zoo, and even the sky. Andy describes each scene ("The farm is a very busy place. Chicken, cows, horses, sheep.... They're all my friends!") while prompts at the bottom of each spread ask readers to find various objects and animals. The sunny cartoons and enthusiastic child narrator make this an especially inviting diversion. Ages 2-5. (Mar.)[Page 54]. Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.
PreS-Gr 1--First published in the Netherlands in 2009, this colorful depiction of a young boy's busy day contains 11 double-page scenes, including a visit to the beach, lunchtime at the zoo, and bedtime back home. After a brief introduction to each new setting, readers are challenged to find Andy's cat, Sam. Five additional questions follow, designed to reinforce counting, color, and animal identification, e.g., "Can you find the white chicken?" "How many rabbits are there?" as well as foster more deductive skills ("The bird has a worm. Who do you think it's for?") There's plenty to pore over on every spread, but the sunny and simple cartoon illustrations never seem cluttered, and a clever visual answer key enhances the experience. Though too detailed for read-alouds, this "I Spy" for the preschool set might also be enjoyed in elementary ESL classrooms.--Amy Rowland, Shelter Rock Elementary School, Manhasset, NY[Page 84]. Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.