Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Wunderkind Reads: Bucketloads of Friends: A Look and Find Book

Bucketloads of Friends: A Look and Find Book by Mia Cassany and illustrated by Miguel Bustos (October 2018; ISBN: 978-3-7913-7357-7; Ages 4-8; $14.95) is an adorable book from Prestel that is perfect for little ones just starting Pre-K or returning for another year of school and making new friends. {Book provided for review/feature consideration}

Lucas is looking everywhere for a best friend: the park, the circus, by the lake, and at school. He meets a lot of people along the way. But what about a best friend? This entertaining and colorful book is full of details for kids to search and find. Every spread features line drawings that are humming with activity. 

From an animal hospital populated with every kind of pet to an office filled with workers too busy working to give Lucas the time of day; from a restaurant that appears to serve only sandwiches and salad to a botanic garden where the visitors are just as strange as the plants. As Lucas travels around the city, he meets a lot of people, but will he find a best friend? 

Young readers will turn again and again to these drawings, discovering new details each time, and sparking their own ideas about how people interact in everyday situations. Many look and find questions will increase the fun and help to spot even more details.  I was immediately enamored with the book when I received it - it reminds me of the "Where's Waldo?" books I loved sharing with my brothers when we were little. Now my girls share Bucketloads of Friends! Until next time...

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