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The Big Book of Words and Pictures [Board book]
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Ole Konnecke was born in 1961 and spent his childhood in Sweden. He now works as a freelance illustrator in Hamburg, Germany. He wrote and illustrated Anton Can Do Magic (Gecko Press, 2010).

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Ole K nnecke was born in 1961 and spent his childhood in Sweden. He now works as a freelance illustrator in Hamburg, Germany. He wrote and illustrated Anton Can Do Magic (Gecko Press, 2010).

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PreS-K-This oversize board book executes its premise with far more panache and sly humor than most typical word books. Each page focuses on an area of a child's world, from rooms in the house to areas in the community (curiously, though, neither school nor day care is represented). Expressive animal characters stand in for people, but their activities and the objects they use, from hairbrushes to running shoes, all relate solidly to a youngster's experience. Cheery pen-and-ink illustrations pop off the background, which makes effective use of white space, and everything is labeled. Small stories hide on each page, as when two small animals eat cookies while a large bird follows behind them vacuuming up the crumbs. Konnecke applies the same humor to cycles; the bottom of one spread shows a sequence of vehicles by age, beginning with a baby buggy and progressing through bicycles, a motorcycle, and a car as the baby bird inside grows up, and then moving to a walker and a wheelchair. Youngsters will enjoy all there is to see in this book, and it's ideal for encouraging vocabulary building.-Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, MD (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Swedish author/illustrator Konnecke delivers an oversize visual encyclopedia filled with labeled cartoon images of common animals and objects, as well as introductions to concepts including colors, letters, and numbers. The spreads are loosely organized by themes like musical instruments, food, and sea life, while mice, elephants, and other animals engage in a plethora of activities. In a vehicle-themed spread, firefighters rush to put out a doghouse fire; in a spread about sports, a stork rides a unicycle and a cat dances ballet. Like Richard Scarry's work, there are miniature narratives to be uncovered on every page. Ages 1-up. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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