Hide and seek

Anthony Browne, 1946-

Book - 2018

Siblings Cy and Poppy play hide-and-seek in the woods.

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Subjects
Genres
Picture books
Published
Somerville, Massachesetts : Candlewick Press 2018.
Edition
First U.S. edition
Language
English
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations : 30 cm
ISBN
9781536202601
1536202606
Main Author
Anthony Browne, 1946- (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

A brother and sister are bored and sad since their dog left home and hasn't returned. For something to do, they play a game of hide-and-seek in the forest behind their caravan. As Poppy counts to 10, her little brother searches for the perfect spot to hide. Cy does such a good job and has hidden for so long that he starts to doubt that Poppy will ever find him—maybe she's returned home without him. As the woods grow ominous, both children hear unidentifiable sounds. The bare skeletons of trees in autumn create eerie shapes and shadows. The varying perspectives reveal how small the children are compared to their surroundings and add to the sense of foreboding. A mixture of fantasy and realism will have readers poring over the paintings, which differ in size from page to page, as they notice objects that are there but shouldn't be. A list of 18 items readers can look for within the illustrations is found after the happy conclusion of Browne's fiftieth publication. Preschool-Grade 2. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Review by PW Annex Reviews

Casting about for a way to cheer themselves up after their dog goes missing, Cy and his older sister, Poppy, decide to play hide-and-seek in the woods around their trailer. It's autumn; Browne (Willy and the Cloud) paints the tree branches, the long shadows, and the leaves on the forest floor in quiet, careful detail, and Poppy's bright red sweater and the pompom on Cy's cap pop against the earth-toned spreads. Cy runs past huge gnarled tree trunks and strangely twisted branches into a shelter made of sticks ("This is a good place, he thought. She'll never find me here"). A suspenseful atmosphere gathers as Poppy, baffled, looks and looks, and Cy, worried, waits and waits. All is well in the end, and Browne offers readers a chance to do some seeking of their own as a list on the final page reveals that a giraffe, a crocodile, a trumpet, and more lie hidden in the forest. With the list in hand, the bare trees that seemed threatening reveal unexpected and often whimsical objects. Using spare words and subtle artistic details, Browne captures slippery, mysterious emotional shifts, from play to fear and back again, that many children will recognize. Ages 3–7. (Nov.) Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly Annex.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

K-Gr 2—Saddened by the disappearance of their dog, Goldie, Poppy and her younger brother Cy try to distract themselves with a game of hide-and-seek in the woods. This proves more unsettling than they expect, for as readers will discover, Browne's meticulously rendered paintings begin to hint at creatures hidden in the bark and branches of trees. At first, the animals—a wolf, a dog, an alligator—are so subtly camouflaged that children may just feel their eyes are playing tricks on them. But then there is no questioning that they are lurking—a screaming imp, a peculiar bird, a row of faces in profile. No wonder the kids are creeped out! Cy regrets finding such a good hiding place and Poppy is sorry she is venturing so far into the woods. Just when the encroaching limbs are nearly overwhelming, Goldie reappears, the siblings are reunited, and all is well. A full list of "what else is hiding in the forest" is appended. VERDICT Browne's evocative surrealistic artwork will be appreciated by those who enjoy slightly scary and seek-and-find picture books.—Miriam Lang Budin, formerly at Chappaqua Library, NY Copyright 2018 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Playing a game of hide-and-seek to distract themselves from worrying about their missing dog, two siblings find themselves searching through a surreal forest of hidden sights, sounds and discoveries. By the award-winning creator of What If…?

Review by Publisher Summary 2

After their dog goes missing, Poppy and Cy play a game of hide and seek in the woods.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Siblings Cy and Poppy, sad because their dog is missing, play hide-and-seek in the woods hoping a game will cheer them. Includes a list of items hidden in the illustrations.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

A game of hide-and-seek in the forest might lead to unexpected discoveries. Could there be something hidden in the trees?When their dog goes missing, siblings Poppy and Cy decide to play hide-and-seek in the woods to distract themselves. Poppy counts to ten and sets out to look for Cy, but she can’t find him anywhere. Deeper into the woods she goes, looking for her brother, until she hears a rustling noise nearby. What could it be? Surreal forest scenes heighten the mood of the story, holding plenty of hidden images to discover. Award-winning picture book creator Anthony Browne captures one of those childhood moments when imaginations get a bit carried away, then reassures readers with a comforting ending.

Review by Publisher Summary 5

A game of hide-and-seek in the forest might lead to unexpected discoveries. Could there be something hidden in the trees?When their dog goes missing, siblings Poppy and Cy decide to play hide-and-seek in the woods to distract themselves. Poppy counts to ten and sets out to look for Cy, but she can't find him anywhere. Deeper into the woods she goes, looking for her brother, until she hears a rustling noise nearby. What could it be? Surreal forest scenes heighten the mood of the story, holding plenty of hidden images to discover. Award-winning picture book creator Anthony Browne captures one of those childhood moments when imaginations get a bit carried away, then reassures readers with a comforting ending.