Recognizing and labeling animals has never been so geometrically inspired! Young children will delight in the usual suspects (bunny, pig, frog, chicken, monkey, and lion) depicted in a whole new way. The elements of each zoomed-in face provide only a subtle hint of the animals’ identities, inviting children (and adults!) to stretch the boundaries of what defines an animal image. The simple question-and-answer format provides immediate gratification for even the shortest attention spans.
Praise for Up Close
"Wegerif does a remarkable job of capturing each creature’s essence in a few simple shapes and bright nursery colors."
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
"The text, written in a clear, blocky type, encourages a guessing game."
"In this inventive board book, colorful, abstract illustrations invite young listeners to participate in a guessing game. Recommended with extra enthusiasm for its ingenuity and high-quality art."
—School Library Journal
First published in France, Wegerif's large-format board book provides an entertaining animal guessing game and a fine introduction to abstract art, too. "Up close, I see your green eyes. You are a..." reads the opening spread, while opposite two green circles sit above an orange semicircle again a pure white backdrop. The answer is jubilantly revealed on the next page ("Bunny!"), and the full creature appears (it's no more than a white rectangle with two smaller rectangles for ears). Similarly geometric interpretations of five more animals follow, and Wegerif does a remarkable job of capturing each creature's essence in a few simple shapes and bright nursery colors. Ages 1 4.