From School Library Journal
PreS-K-Facing pages offer two items to compare. An apple and a hedgehog-which is round? After turning the page, the question is repeated, but the apple is down to the core and the hedgehog has rolled into its protective ball. The next spread features a duck and a peacock and asks which is bigger. Other comparisons include longer and faster. The question "What do you think?" creates opportunity for discussion. Simple text and color cartoon animals on solid backgrounds allow children to focus on the investigations.-Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
*Starred Review* In this eye-opening and mind-bending picture book, six seemingly easy questions lead to surprising answers. The first spread opens blandly, asking “Which one is round?” and showing a picture of a large red apple on one page and a hedgehoglike animal (perhaps an echidna) standing on the other. Turn the page to find the apple eaten down to its core and the animal curled into a ball. “Which one is round? What do you think?” Children are asked to choose “Which is higher?” as a cat climbs a tall, spindly sapling, and a mouse climbs a somewhat shorter one. On the next page, both have reached the treetop, but the taller tree has bent over under the cat’s weight, leaving both the mouse and its tree higher. The short text leaves the explanations to viewers of the clean, digital artwork, which showcases each idea with clarity, energy, and a touch of humor. Like a magician, this clever book confounds expectations again and again, potentially encouraging children to stop blurting out the expected responses and, instead, to start exploring how they can possibly be wrong. Sure to inspire critical thinking, light-bulb moments, and laughter, this makes a terrific read-aloud choice. Preschool-Grade 2. --Carolyn Phelan