Hide & Eek!

by hat-trick design, illustrated by Rebecca Sutherland

{published 2013, by Knock Knock}

When Knock Knock knocked and asked if I wanted to take a look at this book, it was a definite Yes Yes. Check out this creepy, kooky trailer:

breaker This would have made a great Labor Day weekend camping trip book, because you need a flashlight to read it! So maybe save it for when the dark rages at 5:00? (Sorry, Alaska.)

I have to confess, I had to peek at the eek using a lamp with its shade removed. (Which turned out to be a great reminder to update the old earthquake emergency kit!)

Still smitten.

Here’s why.

This is a book that lets you fill in the blanks. It’s wordless, and asks for interaction not just with imagination, but with a literal prop. You light up the story. It’s a tactile reading experience that’s sometimes on that edge of frightening and hilarious, and always unexpected.

You’ll never guess what this proper poodle lady is hiding!

Hat tip to Travis Jonker at 100 Scope Notes for spotting some action pictures of Hide & Eek!

Right? Awesome.

Sometimes novelty books have bells and whistles for kicks and not because they matter. But design is integral to Hide & Eek’s story – the imagination, the anticipation, and ultimately the transformation is the story.

Fun for kids and big people alike. (As long as your earthquake kit is up to date.)ch

Review copy provided by Knock Knock.

 

 

7 Comments

  • Posted September 3, 2013 at 8:01 am | Permalink

    since it seemed to be in his age group picture book wise, i brought my 7 year old son over to check out the trailer. his response? “yeah, that’s pretty cool”. but he wasn’t sure if it was the kind of book he’d want to look at over and over. but anyway, that’s his review but he’s kind of a mature kid who prefers novels anyway.

  • Posted September 3, 2013 at 8:27 am | Permalink

    Love him. I guess I am more into flashlights than a seven-year-old! I’m ok with that.

  • Posted September 3, 2013 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

    I love the use of imagination and flashlights with this book. Brilliant idea for kids.

  • tinamcho
    Posted September 3, 2013 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

    That looks so fun! Thanks for sharing!

  • Posted September 3, 2013 at 7:07 pm | Permalink

    That looks really fun!! I like how it put shadows on the wall. Not a lullaby kind of book!

  • Posted September 4, 2013 at 9:50 am | Permalink

    Amazing! I love how wonderfully old-fasioned this is.

  • Posted September 5, 2013 at 5:12 pm | Permalink

    This would make an amazing gift! (for me! Ha!) Just kidding! Any kid or adult would love it!

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