Words & Illustration by Britta Teckentrup
Published by Big Picture Press
'The Odd One Out' is a stylish, contemporary spotting book. I highly recommend this book for children that enjoy playing 'I Spy' and for parents who grew up as fans of 'Where's Wally'.
The book spreads are colourful and the repeated collage of each animal creates a complex pattern akin to wallpaper. A short rhyme introduces the animals on the opposite page of the spread. Within each rhyme is a clue for the reader to find a hidden detail within each page. Within the pattered puzzles, the reader needs to locate the hidden detail such as the tired baby rhino, baby penguin hidden by its mother, flamingo standing on one leg and a scared turtle to name but a few. The challenges are fun, and get more and more difficult as you move through the book. I was very surprised by just how difficult it was to find the odd one out in the spreads towards the end of the book. I know this book was designed for young readers but it took me a really long time to find the cross-eyed lemur!
While reading the book, I was reminded of Taro Gomi's book 'Hide & Seek'. 'The Odd One Out' is more complex than Taro Gomi's board book and this increased complexity makes it more appealing to a larger age range (2-6 years).
This is a book to be pored over. The hardcover is clothbound with a debossed title panel. The book feels like special object and the matte pages are thick and dense with colour and interest. Kids will enjoy completing the challenges within the book by themselves, with their siblings, parents and friends. It is really good fun.
Big Picture Press have published a fantastic collection of highly illustrated books since they launched in 2013. Click here to see their full list of titles. Britta Teckentrup's follow-up book 'Where's the Pair?' has just been released. I'm looking forward to getting my hands on a copy.
Reviewed by Georgia White