Give and Take.jpgTitle: Give & Take
Author/Illustrator: Lucie Felix
ISBN: 978063690113
Pages: unpaged
Publisher/Date: Candlewick Studio, an imprint of Candlewick Press, c2015. (First published in France)

To play with this book, press out the shape on the right-hand side. You will find a new place for it on the next page. Keep going all the way to the end to find the red ball again.

This little gem of a board book would be best suited for home use or story time use, as I fear the punch outs would quickly get lost in circulation. Ingeniously designed using sturdy card stock, the instructions at the beginning give the whole point away. Punch out pieces of brightly colored shapes accompany the brief narration suggesting action to the children. “Break” a red square into two triangles that are used to “Build” the roofs for houses on the accompanying page. The last page encourages readers to read the book backwards in order to reset for future perusal. Although I do wonder how well it would hold up to repeated reads, they seem to solidly snap in after a few uses. All but one of the punch outs are symmetrical, with the odd one requiring children to flip it over in order to get it to fit on the accompanying page. Shapes are colored differently on each side, and a limited palette of color (red, yellow, green, black, white, and blue) with solid backgrounds is easy on the eyes and allows for automatic recognition of where the piece should go. An introduction to problem solving, lift the flap books, and puzzles that is appropriate for little hands and growing minds. Please buy this for fans of Herve Tullet who wanted more or who have younger siblings.

I do believe this is the first Board Book to be reviewed on this blog. First time for everything!