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Review: Look Who’s There! / What Do You See? by Martine Perrin

Look Who’s There!
What Do You See?
By Martine Perrin
Albert Whitman & Company
ISBN: 9780807576762; 9780807567128
Ages 0-3
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I don’t tend to notice board books all that much.

This time, I noticed.

Originally published in France, Martine Perrin’s Look Who’s There! and What Do You See? have a look and interactive quality that immediately grabbed my attention. The same will be true for youngsters.

Look Who’s There! is about the natural world, each spread focusing on a different animal hiding behind something in its environment:

What Do You See? is a series of scenes combining object and animals, highlighting cause and effect:

The artwork and design steal the show here. Dramatic die cuts adorn every spread, encouraging readers to find out what’s next. Both books have a modern, geometric look that focuses attention. Color is used effectively, with each scene employing two contrasting hues. This gives every page an individuality that kids will remember.

Beautifully executed and entertaining from front to back, Look Who’s There! and What Do You See? are the kind of books that become favorites.

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About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. Has a real retro feel to it. Who needs an iPad when you have lift the flip type books. On second thought, don’t answer that.