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Jun 27 2016

Who's next? Guess who? by Anton Poitier

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Ill. by Sophia Touliatou. The Five Mile Press, 2016. ISBN 9781760403133
(Ages: 3-5) Recommended. This is another search and guess book similar to the previous Five Mile Press publication Who's had a poo? However, this one has softer, more detailed illustrations, and is more pleasurable and appealing than the other offering. The structure of the book is a little I went walking, with a new animal joining the group on each page; however, on each page one of the animals also leaves the group. The reader is told who joins the group each time ('A silly seal came next, with a scaredy-spider') but is only given clues (you can see a portion of the animal at the side of the page) about who has left and who will come next. Each page prompts, 'Who left? Guess who came next?' So, in this way, the group grows until a crocodile comes along. Who left? Everyone did! As with Who's had a poo?, all the animals are also labelled and pictured on the final endpapers, so children can name them. This is a simple, but effective interactive book for parents and children to share. It encourages conversation and careful observation, and will test the memory and concentration of parents as well as children!
Nicole Nelson

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