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Aug 17 2010

Look out Leon by Jez Alborough

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Walker Books, 2010. ISBN 9781406319927.
(Ages 4+) Picture book. Subtitled A magic changing picture book, this large format book has a sturdy pull tab on each page which changes the picture on the page. The chameleon, Leon, goes exploring in the forest, but must change his appearance to blend in so avoiding being another animal's dinner. He must avoid the snake, the crocodile, the hippo (aren't these vegetarians?), the eyes in the deep forest. Each time, the tab can be pulled for Leon to blend in with the forest.
This book will thrill younger readers, particularly when read to by an older person who might pull the tabs for the younger readers. The discussion will revolve around the animals in a forest, where they might be found, the qualities of a chameleon and why an animal may need to be camouflaged. This then could lead to other discussion about other animals which change their appearance to be safe. The book has a tactile quality which will bring pleasure to its readers.
Fran Knight

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