Friday, 11 October 2013

Let's Find Mimi (Around the World)- Katherine Lodge

Around the World is the latest in the Let's Find Mimi series.  The idea is similar to the Where's Wally? books.  Mimi and her family are on a world trip, visiting landmarks such as the pyramids, the Statue of Liberty and the Great Wall of China.  Readers are invited to find Mimi, along with items she has lost on her journey.  Children will enjoy searching the illustrations and delight when they are successful.  The only negative for me is that it might be slightly too challenging for some young children as the mice all look very similar in features (especially as they are small) and it is only their clothes that differ.
The illustrations make use of bold, vibrant colours guaranteed to catch the eye of even the most easily distracted of children.  The images are also a great starting point for conversations about the world, different cultures and environments.  It strikes a good balance between being education as well as entertaining.
I especially like how these type of books encourage reluctant readers, allowing them to engage in the pleasures of books without feeling pressurised into decoding words.  Best suited to children aged 4-7, this book has a lot to offer.
Around the World is out now, published by Hodder.
With thanks to Hodder for providing me with a review copy of this book in return for my honest opinion.

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