Review: Hide and Seek by David A. Carter

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Hide and Seek by David A. Carter

My confession of the day is my love for pop-up books.  It is exacerbated by my younger son’s equally adoration for them.  That means that I have a small voice in my head pleading to open the pop-ups as soon as we get them, and then my son pipes in too.  So I gave in and in this pop-up discovered a wonderful, colorful world to explore.  Carter has created a landscape of objects to explore, ranging from black and white to wild punches of color that create a skyscraper.  He manages to make a book that invites children to move things and look closely, but will also appeal to the aesthetics of adults.  I just opened the book in my office and immediately had co-workers around my desk interacting with it. 

Just as with most delicate pop-up titles, this book will not withstand being circulated in a library.  But if you have a young pop-up fan at home the way I do, this would make a grand holiday gift or a great pick for a long holiday drive.

Appropriate for ages 4-7 (and adults).

2013 Kate Greenaway Medal Longlist

The Kate Greenaway Medal is a British award given annually for distinguished illustration in a book for children.  The longlist for the award has just been announced this week.  Here are the titles on the longlist:


The Big Snuggle-Up by Nicola Bayley (illustrator) and Brian Patten
North: The Greatest Animal Journey on Earth by Patrick Benson (illustrator) and Nick Dowson
How Do You Feel? by Anthony Browne

The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse by Eric Carle
Have You Ever Ever Ever? by Emma Chichester Clark (illustrator) and Colin McNaughton
The Pied Piper of Hamelin by Emma Chichester Clark (illustrator) and Michael Morpurgo

Lunchtime by Rebecca Cobb
The Goggle-Eyed Goats by Christopher Corr (illustrator) and Stephen Davies
Croc and Bird by Alexis Deacon

Soonchild by Alexis Deacon (illustrator) and Russell Hoban
The Pirates Next Door by Jonny Duddle
Arthur’s Dream Boat by Polly Dunbar

Rabbityness by Jo Empson
Friends by Michael Foreman
Wild Child by Lorna Freytag (illustrator) and Jeanne Willis

Azzi in Between by Sarah Garland
Robin Hood by Anne Yvonne Gilbert (illustrator) and Nicky Raven
A Bus Called Heaven by Bob Graham

Again! by Emily Gravett
Matilda’s Cat by Emily Gravett
Toys in Space by Mini Grey

Oh No, George! by Chris Haughton
Outside Your Window: A First Book of Nature by Mark Hearld (illustrator) and Nicola Davies
The Great Snortle Hunt by Kate Hindley (illustrator) and Claire Freedman

Goldilocks and Just the One Bear by Leigh Hodgkinson
Jonathan & Martha by Petr Horacek
The Hueys in The New Jumper by Oliver Jeffers

Stuck by Oliver Jeffers
This Moose Belongs to Me by Oliver Jeffers
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by W.E. Joyce (co-illustrator and writer) and Joe Bluhm (illustrator)

Goldilocks on CCTV by Satoshi Kitamura (illustrator) and John Agard
I Want my Hat Back by Jon Klassen
An Illustrated Treasury of Scottish Folk and Fairy Tales by Kate Leiper (illustrator) and Theresa Breslin


Demolition by Brian Lovelock (illustrator) and Sally Sutton

The Skeleton Pirate by David Lucas

The Frank Show by David Mackintosh

The Cat and the Fiddle: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes by Jackie Morris
Pirates ‘n’ Pistols by Chris Mould
The Worst Princess by Sara Ogilvie (illustrator) and Anna Kemp

King Jack and the Dragon by Helen Oxenbury (illustrator) and Peter Bently
My Big Shouting Day by Rebecca Patterson
Black Dog by Levi Pinfold

Where is Fred? by Ali Pye (illustrator) and Edward Hardy
The Twelve Days of Christmas by Jane Ray
The Yoga Ogre by Simon Rickerty (illustrator) and Peter Bently

One Cool Cat by David Roberts (illustrator) and Susannah Corbett
Who Am I? by Tony Ross (illustrator) and Gervase Phinn
Fly, Chick, Fly! by Tony Ross (illustrator) and Jeanne Willis

Just Ducks! by Salvatore Rubbino (illustrator) and Nicola Davies
Just Imagine by Nick Sharratt (illustrator) and Pippa Goodhart
A Boy and a Bear in a Boat by Dave Shelton

ABC London by Kate Slater (illustrator) and James Dunn
Claude at the Circusby Alex T. Smith
Ella by Alex T. Smith

Red Car, Red Bus by Susan Steggall
How to Hide a Lion by Helen Stephens
Jack and the Baked Beanstalk by Colin Stimpson

Naughty Kitty by Adam Stower
The Town Mouse and The Country Mouse by Helen Ward
Leave Me Alone by Lee Wildish (illustrator) and Kes Gray

The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? by Mo Willems
Eric! by Christopher Wormell

Dog Loves Drawing by Louise Yates
Hans and Matilda by Yokococo