In this junior version of Joan Steiner's award-winning Look-Alikes
, everyday places (such as houses, movie theaters, and kitchens) are constructed from everyday objects (such as crackers, pencils, pretzels, and seashells). Simple, rhyming text accompanies the clever pictures ("To Look-Alike Land! We're blasting full throttle/ On a spaceship that looks like a THERMOS BOTTLE."), but the real focus is the puzzle of identifying the more than 700 objects in the 11 crisply photographed double-page scenes. Younger children will enjoy this book with a parent, discovering such anomalies as train wheels made from daisies and curtains made from lasagna noodles. Older children may enjoy playing competitive games, such as taking turns finding look-alikes or racing to see who can find the most in a set amount of time. (Ages 2 to 10) --Richard Farr
From Publishers Weekly
Steiner is just as imaginative with this series of vignettes, aimed at a younger audience, as she was in her startling debut, Look-Alikes. Designed on a slightly larger, less intricate scale than those in her first book, these scenes will be familiar to children, from domestic settings (e.g., a kitchen and bedroom) to a classroom, farmyard, construction siteAeven a blastoff into space. But in Steiner's hands, the ordinary becomes extraordinary. Common household objects once again do double duty, appearing as something else entirely: mini-blinds become the clapboard siding on a house; upended dog biscuits topped with a comb make a nifty school bench and a farmer drives a tractor and plow made from a tape dispenser and hair clip, among other things. Rhyming couplets introduce each scene, clueing readers in to one of the visual ringers ("Here's the school bus, right on time./ Each rearview mirror looks like a DIME") and setting them up to hunt for more (some 50 appear in each photograph). This stellar sequel will have perceptive readers staring at spreads for hours over many repeated readings. All ages. (Sept.)
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