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I thought I'd really like it...
on December 1, 2009
I ordered this book for my almost 5 yr old daughter after reading about it in a parenting magazine. The book is visually interesting and each 2 page spread has one block of text that gives the overview of Mouk's travel experience in that location. Then there are a few little text bits within the illustrations that are a foreign word, the name of a local food or a short description (example:"it's raining bougainvillea blossoms").
Another reviewer thought this book would appeal to artsy, design-conscious adults, and I completely agree. Grown-ups will like it. But I'm not convinced that young kids will find it so engaging (I returned the book after we read through it). I've learned my lesson before with books and toys that I think are cool, artistic and educational, and my kids haven't been taken with it as I was. I found the book's illustrations pretty full of details as it was, and couldn't imagine layering the reusable stickers on top - there's no empty space. I found the text to be trying too hard to cram in cultural references, so it wasn't a narrative, it was more like a list - and for the age 4-8 crowd definitely bordering on pretentiousness. I was hoping that "Mouk" was going to be more like an around the world Richard Scarry book and for our family it wasn't.