From England comes I Wonder Who? by Anton Poitier with illustrations by Sophia Touliatou (Kane Miller, $12.99, Ages 3-7).
The playful depiction of animals from caterpillars to whales complements the questions:
“I wonder who has eaten the page?”
“I wonder who has made a big splash?”
Though little ones may not be able to read the replies, they’ll use the clues and discuss with parents who could possibly be hiding behind each flap and not even realize the pre-literacy and language skills they’ll be developing. Being a cat owner, my favorite scene is the one with a ripped page. Which one will be your child’s favorite?
Another treat: In every scene there are some cute birds to be found, adding yet another activity to this fun busy book.
NOTE: Since the book is from England, in one scene with an elephant, “currant buns” are mentioned, so it would be helpful for parents/caregivers to know that a currant bun is sweet and full of raisin-like berries.
– Reviewed by Ronna Mandel