Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Out the window

Out the window

Cybele Young
Novelty Board Book
For ages 3 to 5
Groundwood Books, 2013   ISBN: 978-1554983704

Being small has its advantages. For example, you can wriggle into small spaces and find wonderful hiding places that no one else can fit into. Of course there are disadvantages to being small too, which is what one little animal discovers when it accidentally throws its ball out of a high window.

   The animal cannot see where its ball has gone, but it can see things moving past the window, interesting kinds of things that are colorful and make strange noises. At one point a strange looking bird pokes its head into the window, and later on something from outside actually comes into the window and bounces on the little animal’s head. What on earth is going on out there? There is only one thing to do. The little animal drags a chair over to the window, gets on it, and looks out. What it sees is delightfully, fantastically wonderful.

   In this unique and charming wordless accordion style board book, children can flip or unfold the pages to follow the story. When they get to the end, to the part where the animal looks out of the window, they flip the whole book over to see what is outside, and what a surprise they are going to have!