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Aug 30 2011

Find Chaffy by Jamie Smart

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Scholastic, 2011. ISBN 9781407120904.
(All ages) A fun alternative to Where's Wally, this book will keep children (and adults) entertained for hours as they attempt to find Chaffy, who is white and has a cute little face and one droopy ear. Ten of these little Chaffies have wandered off and become lost and it is up to the reader to find them.
Jamie Smart has written and drawn an incredibly detailed adventure for the little Chaffies. He has placed the lost Chaffies in a double page spread with hundreds of black and white pandas for a start, and it is not an easy task to find a white Chaffy in a sea of pandas, I can tell you! I was pleased that there was a hint on the front cover, showing where a couple of them could be located. This helped a bit in understanding just how tiny they were on the page. At the kitty circus, nine Chaffies are lost, but one looks different and so on!
Every alternative double spread has humorous stories about the Chaffies' adventure and is very funny to read. The detail of all the little faces that Jamie Smart has drawn is amazing.
This would make an ideal present for any child who likes to examine detail and needs to be entertained for hours searching for things. In a library the trick will be to stop the ever-eager reader putting a mark on the Chaffy when they find it!
Pat Pledger

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