Sunday, October 4, 2015

Pablo & Jane and the Hot Air Contraption by José Domingo

Step aside, Waldo.  There's a new illustrator in town and his search and hunts have beaten you out!

Flying Eye Books sent me a copy of this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 20th and you'll want to grab a copy then.

Pablo and Jane are bored.  They've been everywhere, done everything in town.  What can do they do today?  Suddenly Jane gets an idea.  She wants to go visit the old creepy abandoned house at the top of hill.  Pablo isn't so sure, but she just grabs his arm and off they go.

They meet an odd rat inside the house.  Once they start talking to it, a cat sneaks in and tries to kill it.  They jump in the hot air contraption and try to escape, but parts keep falling off.  It begins with one part, which took a bit of time to find, but no big deal.  Each successive page more parts fall off and you have to keep finding them.

Mr. Domingo has drawn outlandish figures and animals in every color in the sunset.  There are so many on each page, it gets harder and harder to find the pieces.  Any child who can find them all is doing a lot better than I did!

Are you ready to do an eye test with your children?  The only way you find things is to examine the page and let your eye see more than the obvious.  Even knowing the colors doesn't help a lot because every page has them all more than once.  Here's a good challenge for a child with patience.  It's also a great way to learn to focus.

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