Hide & seek

Il Sung Na

Book - 2012

When the animals play hide and seek, Elephant finds everyone but Chameleon, who has hidden so well no one can find him.

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Picture books
New York : Alfred A. Knopf 2012.
1st American ed
Item Description
"A Borzoi book."
Physical Description
1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 25 cm
Main Author
Il Sung Na (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* Just like children everywhere, the animals in this picture book's rain forest amuse themselves with a game of hide-and-seek. When Elephant offers to count, things get off to a rocky start ("‘Hey! No peeking!' shouts Flamingo"), but soon everyone—including Rhino, Gorilla, the starlings, and the big-eyed bush babies—are experiencing the familiar "where should I hide?" panic. Tall Giraffe's options are limited to trees, and Tortoise, who can pull himself into his own hiding place, is mistaken for a rock. Birds have the obvious advantage, but there's one animal who can best them all: Chameleon. Na (The Book of Sleep, 2009) creates swirling, vibrant, digital illustrations that sparkle as they introduce the pals at play and present the spectacular rain forest from a number of vantage points. Elephant, set off on the right-hand side, restlessly switches positions with each page turn (it's sometimes dull being the counter), and his voice grows louder as the tension mounts and the number approaches 10. Not only is this a fun introduction to 1 to 10 counting but there is also the opportunity to join in the action: Where is Chameleon hiding? With a glorious color palette and an accessibly presented topic, this will be a sure hit with preschoolers. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Na's (Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit) creative vision turns a group of animals' game of hide and seek into a joyful spectacle. Featuring a predominantly pastel palette, the delicate art incorporates a range of intricate patterns and textures. As in Na's previous books, swirls and spirals are common motifs, giving the pictures buoyancy and a sense of motion. The game is set in a rain forest where an elephant with heart-patterned ears counts to 10, as other animals find hiding places of varying ingenuity. A giraffe takes cover behind a tall tree, while a gorilla stands atop a mottled turtle, pretending he's a statue. The cleverest player, of course, is the chameleon, and readers can find him in various scenes, including a dazzling, sunlit spread in which the chameleon's friends give up and shout "Come out, come out, wherever you are!" Na's shifts in perspective—spying on the game from behind, from above, and from below—add visual interest, and the elephant's continued counting "1... 2... 3..." generates a fitting degree of excitement and low-grade tension. Ages 2–5. (May) [Page ]. Copyright 2012 PWxyz LLC

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS—The illustrations in Hide & Seek are colorful, beautiful, and unique. The story line is simple and sweet, and readers will like counting to 10 with Elephant until he is ready to find his friends. This book would be enjoyable for one-on-one sharing, so children can pore over the distinctive art and look for the hidden animals. The friends are very easy to find, except Chameleon. Preschoolers will delight in the fanciful illustrations and want to participate in the counting down and play hide-and-seek. A lovely addition to most collections.—Kathy Buchsbaum, Hewlett-Woodmere Public Library, New York [Page 141]. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

As Elephant counts from one to 10 during a game of hide & seek, all the animals find special places to hide, and though Elephant eventually finds almost everyone, Chameleon remains so well hidden that no one can find him.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

When the animals play hide and seek, Elephant finds everyone but Chameleon, who has hidden so well no one can find him.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

As Elephant counts from one to ten, all the animals find special places to hide. When it's time to seek, will he be able to find everyone . . . even Chameleon?Like Na's previous books, Hide & Seek offers rich illustrations, bright colors, and a simple, spare text—all wrapped up in a beautiful kid-friendly package. Elephant counts from one to ten in big, bold numerals, and there's an additional butterfly on each spread, giving readers something to count as the story goes along. Kids will also love spotting the camouflaged chameleon on every page!