Hide and Seek

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Book Information
Rating: Outstanding
Reading/Interest Level: Preschool, Primary
Author: Anthony Browne
Illustrator: Anthony Browne
Publisher: Candlewick
Year: 2018
ISBN: 9780552575041
Pages: 32

A little brother and big sister have some time to play together. They bicker for a bit as typical siblings will before settling on a game of Hide and Seek. Big sister is "It" and starts to count as little brother finds a wonderful place to hide. The best hiding place that he has ever found! Sister begins her hunt, thinking that it will be as easy as ever to find him. He has to try really hard to stay hidden when he discovers that he desperately needs a bathroom. A long time passes and both children are frightened by a new sound. Their dog finds them both and together they are safe.

This is a game of Hide and Seek. There is no theme or message beyond the game they play. What makes this amazing book are the illustrations. The are BEAUTIFUL! The colors are rich and warm and autumnal and everything has a peaceful, rustic grace that makes it impossible to turn the pages until one has taken time to fully appreciate the details and get a sensory feeling of time and place. The children play together well and show concern for one another as the game plays out which creates a nice family dynamic in the end. The book ends with a list of items that readers can also look for in the story. Good text with amazing illustrations makes this an outstanding book for your collection.