Emiliano Magliardo (illus.), Seek and Find Space, Bloomsbury/Allen & Unwin, Sept 2016, 24pp., $9.99 (pbk) ISBN 9781408870037
There are plenty of cheap activity books on the market for kids to enjoy, but for this one it’s worth paying a few dollars more. The illustrations of spaceships, astronauts and aliens are cute and quirky. The book is produced on quality paper with eye-catching colours across double page spreads, and a strong binding. Most of all the seek and find activities are fun e.g. find an alien wearing red socks or a pair of floating false teeth.
Favourite pages for me included The Big Bang page, with a bunch of animals, humans, aliens and planets being flung into outer space. Also the Party Time page where aliens and astronauts enjoy a shared celebration with pizza, alien spaceships and a giant mirror ball.
My son (aged 4) loved this book and I think children as young as three would enjoy finding the objects. Preschool children will need an adult to read the few sentences on each page, but the book can be enjoyed without reading the text. As the seek and find activities are not especially hard, I would recommend the book as most suitable for children in the 3-5 year age group.
This entertaining activity book is perfect for young space fans who like colourful activity books with humour and more aliens than you could shake a rocket at.
Reviewed by Georgina Ballantine