Every week I write about the books that we read for my son. He is currently 4 years old and loves a good book! Most of the books come from the Nashville Public Library. Although we buy a good book or two every now and then. I am not a professional book and illustration reviewer or critic, but I can write about the book, what I think about it, and how our son reacted to it.
Title: Who Done It?
Author: Olivier Tallec
Published by: Chronicle Books San Francisco
Copyright 2014 by Actes Sud, Paris. English translation copyright 2015 by Chronicle Books LLC.
About the Author
Here’s the author’s bio from his Amazon page:
Olivier Tallec was born in Brittany in 1970. After graduating from the Ecole Supérieure d’Art graphique in Paris he worked in advertising as a graphic designer, after which he devoted himself to illustration. Since then he has done numerous illustrations for newspapers and magazines and has illustrated over 50 books for children. He’s fascinated by textiles and by all forms of popular culture. An avid traveler, he divides his time between Paris, where he lives, and far-flung adventures. November 2008 brought him to both Chicago and San Francisco, where he visited schools and promoted his books.
You can check out his website at http://www.oliviertallec.fr/
Story or What It is About
This book does not really have a story in the strict sense. Rather, it is more of a visual puzzle or quiz for kids. As the title implies, the kid reading the book needs to identify the answer to the question in each page. It’s like a multiple choice question because there are 5-10 character illustrations to choose the answer from.
The questions are simple such as “Who didn’t get enough sleep?”; “Who ate all the jam?”; “Who is in love?”; and “who is in disguise?” among others.
Values & Lessons
The book can help a child “connect dots” in her head and identify connections between the questions and the clues or evidences in each character illustration.
For example, in the question “Who couldn’t hold it?”, several characters are drawn in the page. The characters are drawn with different facial expressions, different things they’re holding, and different shapes and sizes. But the answer, of course, is the one with a yellow puddle under him, with a bashful expression on his face. It’s fairly obvious who couldn’t hold it.
Our son also looked at almost every character, trying to decide the right answer to the question. He also asked questions about why the characters are doing some things, holding some things, and why the other characters are not the answer to question.
The artwork is good, simple, and colorful. a child can identify the facial expressions of the characters on each page.
This was a fun book for our son. He had some difficulty at first identifying the one who is in love, and the one who is in disguise. It was partly because of his vocabulary, but once he spotted them, he asked more questions about why (you know how that goes).