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Who can resist a book that features a sly cat, a compelling mystery and a counting game all in one? When a cat disappears upon page one, young readers are invited to join the search. Lively verse and zany picture full of sly details will have readers wanting to look at THE LOOKING BOOK over and over again. Count your way through the pages and solve the mystery of the missing cat?
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Mary Ann Hoberman is the author of more than twenty children's books, including You Read to Me, I'll Read to You. She lives in Greenwich, Connecticut.
Laura Huliska-Beith wrote and illustrated The Book of Bad Ideas. She lives in Kansas City, Missouri.From School Library Journal:
Grade 1-3-In this counting cum visual puzzle book, a green cat is missing, and children are invited to follow his trail through the numbers 1 to 28 as they search for him. In a style reminiscent of Maira Kalman's work, Hoberman and Huliska-Beith lead readers on a merry, but, occasionally, confusing chase. Not only are youngsters asked to find Pistachio (who is not actually in all of the pictures), but they must also find the numerals, and, in some cases, objects that reflect the number. For example, the page for number four has four four-leaf clovers, four footprints, window mullions that make the numeral four, wallpaper imprinted with shadowy fours, and a golfer yelling "four" as his ball takes four bounces into a bowl of four goldfish. A stylized octopus is irritatingly on page seven and has only seven (numbered) arms. The awkward rhyming text ("One day a long long time ago, A boy named Ned set out to look For his lost cat Pistachio. One day a long long time ago") sometimes offers clues to the cat's whereabouts, and sometimes doesn't. This book is a visual feast but it may frustrate children because of its inconsistencies and adult jokiness, both in text and illustration.
Dona Ratterree, New York City Public Schools
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Book Description Random House Children's Books. Library Binding. Condition: Fair. A readable copy. All pages are intact, and the cover is intact. Pages can include considerable notes-in pen or highlighter-but the notes cannot obscure the text. An ex-library book and may have standard library stamps and/or stickers. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less. Seller Inventory # G0394925025I5N10
Book Description Random Library, 1974. Condition: Fair. Shows definite wear, and perhaps considerable marking on inside. Seller Inventory # GRP64120956
Book Description Random Library, 1974. Library Binding. Condition: Good. ex-library. Seller Inventory # 135832
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