Peek and Seek by Violet Peto & Charlotte Milner


Published by Dorling Kindersley, 2018.

The book’s colourful die-cut cover, with lots of eyes peeking out, immediately draws you in. Peek and Seek is a gorgeous non-fiction board book with fabulous fold-out pages. There are six double-page spreads which open up to almost twice their size. Each of the six sections focuses on a different animal and rather nicely introduces us to the relevant collective noun: for example, an army of ants, and a troop of monkeys. I liked the variety of animals and habitats that the book explores – from rainforest to ocean, and mountain top to underground warren.


Charlotte Milner’s illustrations are beautifully detailed and have a brilliant interactive element too. Each page includes a list of things to find which, as well as being lots of fun, also reinforces counting and number recognition and develops children’s observational skills. With something new to spot and discover each time, the book stands up very well to repeat readings.

There are lots of interesting facts interwoven with the illustrations. These can be dipped in and out of or read in turn. There are mini fact files at the back of the book which summarise key information about each of the six animals and also include a photograph of each.

Peek and Seek is a book to pore over and delight in – a great addition to the younger children’s non-fiction market.

Rating: 💙💙💙💙💙

Suitable for children aged 3+

Thank you to Dorling Kindersley for sending me this book to review.


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