Deep in the Forest: A Seek-and-Find Adventure by Josef Antòn and Lucie Brunellière is STUNNING. This is such a beautiful, unique, marvelous book, even without the flaps and the hidden surprises, it is worth every penny. Deep in the Forest, while a board book, isn't for the littlest hands, but it would make a gorgeous gift for the right hands.
A seek-and-find book, the text of Deep in the Forest invites readers to find different animals, in the trees, in the water and even underground, on each of the fourteen pages in this oversized board book. The book begins, "Deep in the forest, early in the morning, the animals slowly wake." Some of the animals are easy to spot right away, some are smaller and trickier. All 50 animals are numbered and named on the back of the book, giving readers a key to work with. The flaps, which blend in wonderfully with the illustrations, provide prompts for even more searches on every page. The illustrations are stylized and flat and the palette pops with bright, contrasting colors that are sometimes almost neon. Many of the same animals appear over and over on the pages, creating a feeling of family or community by the end of the book, making Deep in the Forest more than just a lift-the-flap book.
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