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Who's Hiding? Hardcover – March 1, 2007

4.8 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2–Sharp-eyed youngsters will have fun with this search-and-find picture book. Eighteen simply drawn, brightly colored animals are laid out in the same order on each spread. A rear view is laid out on the endpapers. The first spread shows the creatures and their names and asks, Who is hiding? The next spread shows all of them except for the reindeer who is invisible except for his antlers. This question alternates with others, with sometimes one figure disappearing and other times with more than one change occurring. The next question is, Who's crying? It's the rabbit who is frowning and shedding a tear. Who's angry? is not quite as clear cut, but is identified in the answer key as the scowling blue bear. This is a clever puzzle book for caregivers and young children to share and to learn animals, colors, concepts. A solid choice for most picture-book collections.–Linda Staskus, Parma Regional Library, OH
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"...keeps children and those sharing it with them actively engaged in the reading and is educational without being teachy or preachy." --Carla Ketner, Chapters Books & Gifts (Seward, NE)

"A challenging test of memory and observation perfect for your preschoolers." - --ProperNoun

"A clever visual puzzle book." - --Parenting magazine
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Kane/Miller Book Pub (March 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933605243
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933605241
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 8.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #977,087 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Kelly Herold on March 15, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Just look at this cover. How could you not pick it up and review it immediately? (I'm a sucker for symmetry.)

On the surface of things, "Who's Hiding," by Saturu Onishi, is a simple book. 18 animals are lined up in rows of 6 across each double-page spread. They appear always in the same order: dog, tiger, hippo, zebra, bear, reindeer/kangaroo, lion, rabbit, giraffe, monkey, bull/rhino, pig, sheep, hen, elephant, cat. The animals, as you see, are colorful iconic representations and very appealing to a young child.

Once we meet each of the animals (I can just imagine reading their names over and over again to a small child), the fun begins. The first question is "who's hiding?" Then the child must find the "missing" animal--in this case the reindeer with only antlers and facial features visible. Onishi also asks "who's crying?," "who's angry?," "who has horns?," "who's backwards?," and "who's sleeping?" The final page features only eyes on blacked-out pages and asks "Who's who?" You know you have a smart toddler if they begin rattling out the names in order.

"Who's Hiding" is aimed at the 0-3 audience and is sure to provide hours of read-along fun. Enjoy!
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FOUND THIS BOOK AT THE LOCAL LIBRARY AND MY 2-YR-OLD SON IMMEDIATELY TOOK TO IT. HE LOVED FINDING WHICH ANIMAL WAS ACTING OUT WHAT BEHAVIOR. WHEN THE CAPITON ASKS, "WHO'S CRYING?", HIS EYES WOULD SEARCH AND SEARCH PAGE UNTIL HE'D FIND THE TEARY-EYED BUNNY AND POINT TO HIM SAYING, "RABBIT!", & MIMICKING HIS MISERABLE LITTLE FROWNY FACE. AND WHEN THE CAPTION ASKS, "WHO'S ANGRY?", AGAIN HE'D SEARCH AND SEARCH, POINTING OUT THE ANGRY ANIMAL AND SHOWING ME HIS CORRESPONDING MAD FACE. IT WAS GREAT FUN FOR BOTH OF US!
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I love his book- I wish it were easier to find. The simple format really gets kids searching for the one difference among all the animals and using their memories. There are so many different ways to approach the 'who's hiding?' questions that I've used this book with every age from 2-7, always met with success and interest.
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This is such a darling book. Both my children love it (daughter 4 & son 1 yrs of age). I saw a little girl that didn't talk much point out everything the book asked and it has cute illustrations so I was sold.
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Others have offered great reviews of what is in this book, so I'm just putting in my two cents on age appropriateness: I bought this book for my 4.5 year old daughter, and she liked reading through it once, but doesn't particularly want to read it again. I'm completely charmed by it (hence the 5 stars - she can fill out her own dang review if she disagrees!) and am looking forward to the day when my 1.5 year old boy is more interested in it, which should be soon.
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I was a little disappointed. THis book doesn't keep my almost-two-year olds attention as well as I thought. He prefers his Sandra Boyton books much better. I do love the colorful pictures though. Maybe in a year or so he'll be more interested.
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Who's Hiding by Satoru Onishi is a fun book to read aloud to toddlers. This book from Japan has two page spreads of simple, bright animal figures. The illustration varies slightly as the question on the page changes. For example, one page asks "who's backwards" and another asks "who's sleeping". In other cases, the background color changes and the question is, "who is hiding"? Just in case you are not sure of the author's intended response, the answers are given in the back of the book. Another page names the animals for the zoologically challenged reader. Karen Woodworth-Roman, [...]
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Awesome, awesome book. Great for memory skill building, great for noticing detail, fun for interacting together. This is a book we all look forward to at our house! Love, love it. Wish there were more books like it. Love the illustrations too, and the clean modern design. Just awesome, you won't regret buying this one- the sooner the better!
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