CM . . .
. Volume XXIII Number . . . .February 17, 2017
As the book’s subtitle indicates, Let’s Find Momo! is a hide-and-seek board book, but its young audience is expected to find more than Momo, a black and white border collie that is evidently photographer Knapp’s BFF. On each of 12 pairs of facing pages, one page, headed “LET’S FIND...”, contains four labelled photos of the things the viewer/listener is supposed to find, with one always being Momo. The facing page is the setting in which the now hidden things are to be found. For example, in the opening pages, in addition to Momo, youngsters are to find a hot dog, a toy (a stuffie), and a (conical party) hat that are hidden somewhere in a colourful amusement park ride. Other settings in which the quartet of items are secreted include a gym, play structure, child’s bedroom, fire truck, sewing room, garden, book store shelves, tractor, kitchen, preschool room and van. Most of the items to be found are things that will be familiar to the book’s audience, including a banana, balloon, sock, pail and ball, while a very few, such as a (gardening) fork, camera (should it have been a cell phone?), rolling pin and lunch box, may be less present or obvious in the children’s lives. To add to the challenge level, not all of the to-be-found things are portrayed from the same perspective in the scenario page. For example, in the “tractor” pages, the “LET’S FIND” page provides an overhead shot of a straw hat, but the tractor scene reveals a side view of the hat now hung on a post.
Knapp’s scenario photo pages are colourful, bright and detailed. After youngsters have mastered the prescribed “finds”, adults can then create their own searches for other things found on a page, such as the pair of glasses in the book store or a little teddy bear that pops up in a number of the scenarios. Identifying colours and counting activities would also be natural extensions to Let’s Find Momo’s contents.
An excellent home and library purchase.
Dave Jenkinson, CM’s editor, lives in Winnipeg, MB.
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