Soft kittens, wooly socks, soggy mittens, fleecy flocks—this pictorial celebration of things tactile explores how what we touch touches us.
There’s a reason why toddlers put everything (or so it seems) into their mouths—it’s how they understand it…with grabby hands, open mouths, and…here…open book.
In Take a Look, Says Book fleas seem to hop off one page, peas squish bean-bag flat on the next. The images seemingly come to life, just as so much comes to life within our imaginations through reading, and handling things with just the right touch.
From legendary editor Richard Jackson and phenomenally talented illustrator Kevin Hawkes, Have a Look, Says Book is a sweet celebration of the ways we discover new things, through touch, through books.
A giant book and a larger-than-life armchair invite a father and daughter to read with them: "Hello there, says Chair. Have a look, says Book." (The line shows up just in time to do double duty on the title page.) Seated in the armchair, the pair sails through the book's cover and inside, where friendly animals and objects present themselves as things to be touched and felt: "I am furry, says Kitten,/ I am wooly, says Sock./ I am wet, says Mitten./ We are fleecy, says Flock (stock-still on a rock)." Hawkes's (The Three Mouths of Little Tom Drum) droll, dreamy sequences play with scale as the girl peeks out of a giant sock, avoids drips from a colossal mitten, then perches on the tail of the y in "fleecy." In his first book as author, longtime children's editor Jackson's jaunty, rhythmic verse draws readers in it's the kind of book that's easy to memorize. "Comfy the one, cozy the pair," the book concludes fondly as father and daughter float off into the night sky. "Toodle-oo, you two there." A shoe-in for the bedtime rotation. Ages 3 7.