Britta Teckentrup has her fourth seek-and-find book with Where’s the Baby? Of course, the first thing I thought of was Sid the Sloth from the first Ice Age movie playing “Where’s the Baby” (peek-a-boo) with the human child. And, this book is not too far off from that idea. You have clues in the text to where the baby is hiding on the opposite page. You then look to find the baby alligator, the baby chick, the baby giraffe and the baby frog among other animals. Even the elephant knows how to hide among the other elephants on the page. Some are easy to locate, others not as much, but there are a few things to see on the page, but since the only thing you do see is the adult animals in rows then the hidden baby, there is little detail and little “extra” to find.
I would have liked more facts and information to go along with the hide-and-seek part of the book. Even if this was only at the end of the book. This would help allow the book to grow with the child. Once you have found that baby with its parent a few times, the surprise has left the story.
Teckentrup has One Is Not a Pair, The Odd One Out and Where Did They Go? in the hide-seek format. She also has A Peek-Through Picture Books such as Tree, Bee and Moon. Plus, there are other titles this author/illustrator has created. The colors in all seven of these books are a mix of very bright to soothing, darker colors. I prefer the Pee-Through books (as I have only read this seek-and-find) but would love to see Where’s the Baby in a board book format.