With its suspenseful treasure-hunt plot, this sparkling picture book offers amazing hidden pictures and intriguing clues that lead to a surprise ending.
Tommy has received an invitation from Aunt Jeanne, but when he arrives at her Victorian mansion, she is nowhere to be found. Instead, he discovers rhyming clues that guide him through the different rooms-each of them more surreal and enchanting than the last. Lizards scamper through the parlor, the greenhouse swirls with butterflies, an underground tunnel teems with bats-and more! Fans of the I Spy and Look-Alikes series will delight in poring over the scenes to find and count over 400 camouflaged animals. Older readers may also spot the hidden letters. When unscrambled, they spell a message that reveals the wonderful surprise Tommy's aunt has in store: a magical birthday party!
Infused with extravagant detail, Michael Garland's illustrations will keep eagle-eyed readers busy for a long time before the last creature has been found and the last puzzle solved.
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Michael Garland is the prolific and versatile author-illustrator of many children's books.From School Library Journal:
Gr 2-4-Children who enjoy poring over crowded pictures and cataloging details will have a ball with this new offering from the creator of Dinner at Magritte's (Viking, 2001)-though only the truly indefatigable may be able to stay the course. Directed by a series of rhymed notes from his mysterious Aunt Jeanne, young Tommy undertakes a tour of her palatial house and gardens, passing hints and visual clues that he will have a surprise birthday party at the end. The big, brightly patterned rooms and locales he traverses are positively encrusted with small animals (more than 400, according to the itemized list at the end), plus hidden words, a trio of magical creatures, and often a concealed Aunt Jeanne watching his progress with a smile. Garland doesn't try very hard to camouflage this plethora of birds, butterflies, reptiles, and other creatures, but even young detectors trained on Ruth Brown's If at First You Do Not See (Holt, 1995) or Walter Wick's dazzling photographs for the "I Spy" series (Scholastic) will find keeping a running tally, then matching it to the author's, a tempting challenge.
John Peters, New York Public Library
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