From School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-This wordless book follows a boy through the seasons as he plays with his pets and finds fun things to do both inside and outside. Each page features several die cuts; the inside pages offer glimpses from the windows of the outdoor world, the outside pages offer peeks in. Frequently the glimpses inside turn out to be pictures the boy has drawn of the day's adventures. The gouache illustrations are chock-full of homey details that children will enjoy poring over. The cat is snoozing in a mixing bowl, the dog is sipping from a watering can, small birds are cavorting in rain puddles. Each of the inside pages offers the opportunity to search for two little white mice sharing in the activities. Perused independently or shared one-on-one, this lovely concept book succeeds on multiple levels.-Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
*Starred Review* In this wordless picture book, a young child (who could be male or female and is of indeterminate ethnicity) creates an indoor habitat for a turtle, readies potted plants, performs a puppet show, and constructs a small sailboat. But what’s going on outside? Cutouts, mostly in the form of windows, hint at what equally fun activities the child does outdoors. From making snowmen and splashing in puddles to planting a garden and raking leaves, the outside scenes reflect the changing of the seasons, with the cutouts offering glimpses back to the previous indoor spread. At once detailed and childlike, the organic gouache illustrations on brown paper echo the child’s ongoing artwork, which is proudly displayed on the walls of the indoor scenes—but which, via the cutouts, we can see were inspired by the outdoors. While there is a loose story line, each inside-outside pairing inspires a tale of its own, with the recurring cat, dog, turtle, mice, and birds each playing a part. The opportunities for art projects, storytelling, creative writing, and other educational avenues are endless for preschoolers and even somewhat older children. This inspiring endeavor begs to be shared again and again to absorb every fine detail. Preschool-Grade 2. --Angela Leeper