PreSchool-Grade 2—This engaging, eco-friendly picture book opens with a child-friendly invitation to "play a guessing game." Through a series of short rhyming clues, children will join in as members of a family "unearth" the mysterious round object little by little. Ever-growing cutouts on attractive two-page spreads along with the clear, bold text provide the clues. One at a time, the sister, brother, mom, dad, aunt, uncle, grandparents, and even pets use the clues to make their own best guess. The concentric circles created by this peek-a-boo technique evolve into a beautiful circle of rainbow colors that complements the book's Earth-friendly message. Ernst's distinctive collage and cutout illustrations are painted with bold chunky strokes that will appeal to a young audience. A stunning foldout creates an eye-catching conclusion, making this title a great choice for a group read. Concluding with some simple suggestions for ways to take care of our planet, it is a great starting point for discussion. An engaging and appropriate selection for all libraries.—Piper Nyman, Brookmeade Elementary School, Nashville, TN
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A family responds to a series of clues to discover what is “round like a ball.” The clues are placed in large letters on the left side of a double-page spread, encircling progressively larger cutout circles. The cutout on each successive page offers a glimpse of the next article guessed. When the pages are flipped, a rainbow of cutout circles, large to small, is created on the previous page. After 12 guesses, the pages fold up and out to a four-page spread revealing a beautiful likeness of our planet. The illustrations feature only the characters and items to guess, with the boldly lettered text set against a striking background of brightly mottled colors that fills the entire page. Although the cutouts aren’t as artistic as Laura Vaccaro Seeger’s creations or Ernst’s own in Turn-Around Upside-Down Alphabet Book (2004), the distinctive illustrations, the guessing element, and the showstopping foldout of the Earth will work well for individual or group viewing. Preschool-Grade 2. --Randall EnosSee all Editorial Reviews