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Quality Control pulled a disappearing act at Random House...
Reviewed in the United States on November 15, 2016
There are SO many board books in our home, accumulated during the many years I spent babysitting my grandsons before my daughter-in-law became an at-home mom, but this one was to be a first - for our new grandDAUGHTER, who just happens to be named Ellie! I was so delighted to come across this little book... until I received it.
The concept is cute... the cover has Ellie (an elephant) - there's a semi-circle cut out on the right side of the cover and each subsequent page (except the last) that shows what we think is Ellie's trunk inside the semi-circle, but as your child looks for Ellie, what appears to be Ellie's trunk sticking out from behind something turns out to be something else (behind a plant, what we thought was her trunk is actually the spout of a teapot; behind flowers, what we thought was her trunk is actually the end of a garden hose spouting water; behind a cactus, what we thought was her trunk is actually the brim of a hat; behind a tree, what we thought was her trunk IS actually Ellie's trunk - which has an embossed texture to it - so THAT'S where she was hiding!) Okay, simple and cute, right? So why is this book-loving grandma giving 2 stars?
First, because the Q.C. department at Random House must've been on a coffee break when this book was printed! Page 5 says, "Is Ellie behind the flowers?" with adjacent Page 6 showing a bunny surrounded by flowers and what appears to be Ellie behind them... Page 7 says the same thing as Page 5, and adjacent Page 8 shows the same illustration as Page 6! I double checked the listing - it says 18 pages, and I DO have 18 pages, but that includes repeats of Pages 5 & 6! Second, a teapot, garden hose (with no metal at the end), cactus, and cowboy hat aren't exactly some of the first words a child learns (as tree is)... (perhaps that's why the age recommendation on the listing says preschool & up rather than 0-12 months or 1-2? C'mon - who buys a board book for a preschooler or older?) And finally, as to it's "board book" status, this is one of the flimsiest board books I've ever seen - the pages can be easily bent by any typically physically enthusiastic young reader.
Majorly disappointed in this first book purchase for my long-awaited granddaughter. The illustrations are colorful and cute, but that's about it.