In plain sight

Richard Jackson, 1935-

Book - 2016

"An ailing grandfather and his helpful granddaughter play a unique game of seek and find"--

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Picture books
New York : Roaring Brook Press 2016.
First edition
Item Description
"A Neal Porter Book."
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 30 cm
Main Author
Richard Jackson, 1935- (author)
Other Authors
Jerry Pinkney (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Jackson's second picture book (following Have a Look, Says Book, 2016) celebrates the joys of close observation. Sophie lives with her parents and wheelchair-bound grandfather. After school each day, Sophie and Grandpa engage in a game in which he challenges her to find an object hidden in plain sight. "I had me a paperclip, you know? Nice and shiny. Now it's vanished. Help me find it, will you, with your bright eyes?" Pinkney's signature pencil-and-watercolor artwork portrays a pleasantly cluttered room in a big-city brownstone, offering readers much to ponder as they search for a paperclip, a rubber band, a drinking straw, a paintbrush, and a lemon drop. The objects are moderately difficult (but not impossible) to spot, which should give readers ample time to thoroughly peruse the artistic details: books and newspapers, a stamp collection, photographs and mementos, and an ever-present cat—which all provide insight into the experiences of this loving, African American family. This makes a good one-on-one read-aloud for those not quite ready for Martin Handford's Where's Waldo? series. Copyright 2016 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

An African-American girl named Sophie shares a brownstone with her parents and her wheelchair-bound grandfather, "who lives by the window." He's always there to wave goodbye as she boards the school bus, and he's waiting to play a special game of hide-and-seek when she returns: Grandpa pretends to have lost an object, and intrepid Sophie locates each one, hidden in plain sight. The everyday items—a paperclip, rubber band, lemon drop—are cleverly but not impossibly hidden in Pinkney's signature pencil and watercolor illustrations. Readers will delight in scouring Grandpa's pleasingly detailed bedroom, which brims with books, art, and an ever-present tabby, to find the missing items before Sophie does. But the best part of this collaboration between the longtime editor and the Caldecott Medalist is the playfulness that oozes from Jackson's well-chosen words and the warmth of Pinkney's artwork. There's one thing that's never missing from this gentle story about a special bond between the generations, and that's the love Grandpa and Sophie have for each other. Ages 4–7. Illustrator's agent: Sheldon Fogelman, Sheldon Fogelman Agency. (Sept.) [Page ]. Copyright 2016 PWxyz LLC

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-Gr 2—Sophie's grandfather lives in her house, and while his mobility is restricted, his tender feelings for his granddaughter know no bounds. He waves her off to school from his second-floor window, and she comes to visit him every afternoon. Their daily routine includes the man asking for the child's help in retrieving an everyday object that has somehow "gone missing." All of the items are in plain sight, if, that is, one knows where to look. Bright-eyed Sophie is always up for the challenge and is thorough and methodical as she searches through Grandpa's room—neat but chock-full of a busy lifetime of acquired books and mementos—to locate the paper clip, rubber band, straw, or paintbrush. Sharp-eyed viewers will glean that this man, now in a wheelchair, was once a soldier and an athlete and reads poetry and paints. The simple text is largely made up of the good-natured conversations that surround the game and reflect the warmth and joy that Sophie and Grandpa find in each other. Pinkney's lush and lovely watercolors are by turns delicate, energetic, and effusive as he captures his engaging African American characters and their homey domicile. VERDICT This appealing story about a dynamic intergenerational relationship is large enough to share with a group, but individual children will want to pore over the art to spot all of the details in plain sight.—Luann Toth, School Library Journal. Copyright 2016 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"An ailing grandfather and his helpful granddaughter play a unique game of seek and find"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A young girl and her ailing grandfather play a game of lost-and-found every day after school that leads them through layers of memory and family history.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

A young girl and her ailing grandfather play a game of lost-and-found every day after school that leads them through layers of memory and family history. Illustrated by the Caldecott Medal-winning author of The Lion and the Mouse. Simultaneous eBook.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Sophie lives with Mama and Daddy and Grandpa, who spends his days by the window. Every day after school, it's Grandpa whom Sophie runs to."Here I am, Grandpa!""Ah, Sophie, how was your day?"As Sophie and her grandpa talk, he asks her to find items he's "lost" throughout the day, guiding Sophie on a tour through his daily life and connecting their generations in this sweet, playful picture book from Richard Jackson, illustrated by Caldecott Medalist and Laura Ingalls Wilder Award winner Jerry Pinkney.