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Booklist - 10/01/2018 A brother and sister are bored and sad since their dog left home and hasn’t returned. For something to do, they play a game of hide-and-seek in the forest behind their caravan. As Poppy counts to 10, her little brother searches for the perfect spot to hide. Cy does such a good job and has hidden for so long that he starts to doubt that Poppy will ever find him—maybe she’s returned home without him. As the woods grow ominous, both children hear unidentifiable sounds. The bare skeletons of trees in autumn create eerie shapes and shadows. The varying perspectives reveal how small the children are compared to their surroundings and add to the sense of foreboding. A mixture of fantasy and realism will have readers poring over the paintings, which differ in size from page to page, as they notice objects that are there but shouldn’t be. A list of 18 items readers can look for within the illustrations is found after the happy conclusion of Browne’s fiftieth publication. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 11/01/2018 K-Gr 2—Saddened by the disappearance of their dog, Goldie, Poppy and her younger brother Cy try to distract themselves with a game of hide-and-seek in the woods. This proves more unsettling than they expect, for as readers will discover, Browne's meticulously rendered paintings begin to hint at creatures hidden in the bark and branches of trees. At first, the animals—a wolf, a dog, an alligator—are so subtly camouflaged that children may just feel their eyes are playing tricks on them. But then there is no questioning that they are lurking—a screaming imp, a peculiar bird, a row of faces in profile. No wonder the kids are creeped out! Cy regrets finding such a good hiding place and Poppy is sorry she is venturing so far into the woods. Just when the encroaching limbs are nearly overwhelming, Goldie reappears, the siblings are reunited, and all is well. A full list of "what else is hiding in the forest" is appended. VERDICT Browne's evocative surrealistic artwork will be appreciated by those who enjoy slightly scary and seek-and-find picture books.—Miriam Lang Budin, formerly at Chappaqua Library, NY - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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