Author & Illustrator: Edward Gibbs
Age level: 2-6 years
Publisher: Templar books (An imprint of Candlewick Press)
ISBN: 978 076 36 59523
We got this book from the library after playing a game of ‘ I spy with my little eye ’ on a long road trip. My child loves animals and the familiar game has made this book an instant hit.
Children look through spyholes to see parts of animal. The text gives them further clues and they have to guess the animal.
To help them along the silhouette of the animal is hidden in each page. This is also a counting book and your children will enjoy counting the marine animals on each page. For some reason it counts down from seven and not the usual ten!
The illustrations are big and bright with plenty of details, and the text encourages that children to look for details. The plural of octopus can leave us adults confused but an editorial oversight perhaps! After reading this book all our walks are filled with the ‘I spy’ game. It is definitely a good book to encourage your children to be more observant of the details they see around them. This can be a great addition to the ocean theme books for preschool classrooms.