Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because of the overall uniqueness of the book.
Theme/Topic- Fractured Fairytales
Opening and Synopsis- Opening: “Who didn’t get enough sleep?”
Synopsis: From Goodreads; “In this charming book, each page asks the reader a question about the lineup of characters featured on the spread. Sharp eyes and keen observation are necessary. There’s only one right answer, and it’s not always easy! Kids will love learning early concepts like expressions and positions as a natural consequence of their hunt for clues in the details of the lineup. It’s a book for all audiences: the seek-and-find call to action on every page makes Who Done It? a wonderful lap or parent read, while the whimsical art, distinctive horizontal format, and hip exposed board ensures this book will be equally appealing as engaging coffee table décor.”
Why I liked this book- This was a fun book. Even though it is meant for toddlers, it is still a great activity, as some of the answers aren’t that obvious. Anyone with a keen eye or toddlers who like a good mystery, will love this book. Mr. Tallec has created an original book that kids will love to read and play along with! I like how there is a nice mix between animals, objects and kids in the illustrations. The cool thing is that the book is part-board book and part-normal book, with thick covers and thin pages. The book also has a really fun shape – it is a horizontal book that gives a “flip-up” page type. I really like this book, and think it would make a nice bedtime story. The illustrations are very cute.
Activities and Resources- You (as the teacher/parent) pick out some images, or draw your own, with one that has the suspect in it. For example, “Who ate the last cookie?” and have a selection of pictures, with one guilty looking photo.
Break out the magnifying glasses and create your own who done it mystery! Who left the bedroom light on? Who broke the red crayon? Parents or teachers can leave clues around for the kids to find and solve the crime.
The Nothing but Monkey Business blog has a great post with suggestions for PreK detective activities and resources – you can find it HERE.
To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!