I have to apologize right now. My scanner did not even come close to doing justice to Robert Crowther's fabulous new books, The Most Amazing Hide-and-Seek Alphabet Book and The Most Amazing Hide-and-Seek Numbers Book. And, being lift-the-flap, flip, and pull books, their amazingness is even more difficult to capture.
I am sure that I am not the only parent who dislikes pop-up type, paper engineered books out there. As complex and beautiful as they can be, I can't play paper-cop all the time and monitor my kids as they read these kinds of books, making sure that things don't rip or come undone and what not. Because of this, these kind of books are a rarity in my house. I enjoy them in the privacy of my workplace, on my own time, especially around Christmas when we seem to get a lot of gorgeous paper-engineered books. Despite this, one of my all-time favorite books to read with my kids is Paul O Zelinsky's rendition of The Wheels on the Bus. In fact, I love it so much that I bought a second copy because the first one was so worn out by the time my third child came along.
What Robert Crowther's books really have going for them, besides great illustrations and very clever paper-engineering, is an AMAZING PRICE - $12.99 for a pop-up!!! For that price, I will gladly and easily hand over one of these books to a 4 or 5 year old and tell them to ENOY! And learn some ABCs and 123s at the same time!