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seek and find picture books


These two are perfect summer activity books. Imagine the hours that could be spent combing each for all the details. All the stories and characters and subplots.  They’re like Where’s Waldo but with intricate stories to follow and discover. (I’m super jealous of anyone who can enjoy these while riding in a car. They are well-suited for those not afflicted with motion sickness during road trips.)


The Bear’s Sea Escape by Benjamin Chaud (2014), follow up to The Bear’s Song (2011).



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We follow a papa bear searching for his baby bear as we look for him too. All the way from the opera house of the first installment through the cold streets to a cruise ship that sails to a tropical island.




The search is the fun of the book, spotting big bear and little bear in every spread, wanting so badly for them to find one other like we’ve found them!


Chaud’s lavish illustrations are outrageously delightful throughout. And you can almost hear what’s going on in every spread: the hustle and bustle, the music. Always, the music.


 Thanks to Chronicle Books for images!

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Welcome To Mamoko by Aleksandra Mizielińska and Daniel Mizieliński (2013).

In Mamoko, we’re introduced to a few kooky characters on the first page. Then, we follow one or two or all of those creatures on a wordless adventure.


You can pick an animal and basically discover a different story on every read through! My favorite character might be the cow in red heels, but it’s a tough call. I do love a romantic roller-skater!




Images via Big Picture Press.


This video will show you how it’s done:


I hope you know some kids who can have fun with these activity/story books this summer. And if you and yours are able to read them in a moving vehicle, then I super salute you!


I received a review copy of The Bear’s Sea Escape; opinions are my own. 



bonjour camille + fortune tellers

bonjourcamille_9781452124070_350Bonjour Camille by Felipe Cano, illustrations by Laia Aguilar.


Coming from Chronicle in August 2014, this book is pure play! (I mean, the endpapers are yellow on yellow polka dots!)


Camille’s “battledress” is a tutu and top hat. And Camille has “so many things to do!” But not to worry, none of them feels like a burdensome task. Quite the opposite.







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One of the things Camille has to do is give the waves names (above). Another, eat lots of cherries. She has to choose a new favorite color, of course! And let’s not forget all that jumping on the bed to fit into her schedule! So much jumping on the bed to do.





Illustrator Laia Aguilar is best known for her children’s clothing line, Bobo Choses. Those clothes are out of this world cute and inventive. Just check out this swimsuit to see what I mean.


The illustrations are captivating. Black, bold, almost Sharpie-like strokes. Simple and super full of whimsy. And partway through, one page is a solid color (Camille’s new favorite) and the effect is fabulous. The prints and patterns throughout are not only pleasing, but tell a story of their own.



This is kind of a perfect book for, well, everyone of course, but perhaps specifically kids who may claim to be bored. Camille will surely inspire them with something playful to do!


Check out the original Spanish version with a green cover instead of pink. Also, the clothes that were made in conjunction with the book!


Thanks to Chronicle Books for images!


I received a review copy; opinions are my own.



My dude and I just had to make fortune tellers inspired by Camille! After all, there are so many things to do!


Here are some basic instructions for making a fortune teller. We rounded up paper, cut it into squares, and then folded away according to the directions (and it all felt a little familiar from grade school). Next, it was stickers, markers, and glue to complete the fun.


My dude made one and I made one. (His has the numbers and is super precise; mine has the letters and stickers and is, well, messier.)

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We decided to have four outcomes (you can make eight if you like) all related to Bonjour Camille.

1. Make a top hat. (Like Camille did)!

2. Say bonjour! (Like the book title.)

3. Name your shoes. (The way Camille names waves.)

4. Jump on the bed. (Of course!!)

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These could come in handy as a summer activity for kids. And I just hope you’ll make one or two! (Please send pictures if you do!!)

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