Spots in a Box

Book Information
Rating: Outstanding
Reading/Interest Level: Toddler, Preschool, Primary
Author: Helen Ward
Publisher: Templar
Year: 2015
ISBN: 9780763675974
Pages: 40

There was once a poor guinea fowl that didn’t have any spots, unlike all the other guinea fowls, so he determined to find his own! After writing a letter asking for some, he gets box after box in the mail, full of spots of all colors and sizes and kinds. But there was always something wrong with them, until finally he finds the spots that are just right for him.

Even though the guinea fowl is not your typical children’s book character, this book is wonderfully creative and fun to read. The text is very well organized with a bouncy rhythm and perfect rhymes, making it comfortable and predictable to read. There are a few opportunities to feel textured pages throughout the book, and it’s done in a way that can’t be easily damaged by curious fingers. Illustrations aren’t as bold and bright as some children’s books, but they’re still engaging and done with a lot of detail and skill. Young children especially would enjoy Spots in a Box, both for the interesting tactile format of the illustrations and for the sing-song quality of the text.