Dog Can Hide

S. & S./Simon Spotlight. (Ready-to-Read). Jan. 2023. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781534499560; pap. $4.99. ISBN 9781534499553.
K-Gr 2–A game of hide-and-seek between Dog, Cat, and Frog takes off over the pages of this story, putting a fun spin on a classic game. The friends take turns as the seeker, while the others find hiding places including logs, mats, bogs, and creeks. Sometimes it’s easy to find friends, like when Frog burps after eating a fly. Other times, the seeker struggles. Bright, sketch-style illustrations will stand out to readers right away. The expressiveness of the characters’ faces will keep kids laughing, as will some of the funny places the animals choose to hide. Readers will be able to build on their own knowledge of hide-and-seek to support their reading, as the text describes what the characters can and can’t do. The text uses repetitive, rhyming words. Two pages at the beginning list all of the words in the story, organizing them by word families, sight words, and bonus words. This will be helpful to both readers and educators supporting students.
VERDICT This friendly, silly game of hide-and-seek will have readers eager to build their reading skills.

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