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Seek and Find Bucketloads of Friends

Bucketloads of Friends: A Look and Find Book, by Mia Cassany/Illustrated by Miguel Bustos, Translated by Paul Kelly, (Oct. 2018, Prestel), $14.95, ISBN: 9783791373577

Ages 4-8

The seek and find panels in this book is connected by the story of Lucas, a young man who wakes up one morning and decides he needs a best friend to fill a void in his life. He heads to several different locations, including a beach, a rock concert, an amusement park, an airport, and a birthday party, all in search of a new friend. He encounters all sorts of different people, but will he find a new best friend?

Originally published in Spanish, this seek and find is loaded with some fun images, including some recurring characters that sharp-eyed readers will catch. A panel at the end gives readers a little information about these folks, too, which adds a bit of fun. You’ll find a bald man with a handlebar mustache who wanders through the spreads sporting a Speedo, an alligator in business attire, and a seemingly hapless Lucas, searching for a new friend in the middle of each crowd. A brief, descriptive paragraph sets the stage for each spread, and a couple of question prompts give readers some places to start their search, but really, this book contains countless details to be discovered by imaginative readers. There are tips for further seek and find games in back, and changing 2-color spreads give readers a chance to point out subtle changes like new colors, clothing designs (strips versus solids or polka dots), and shapes.

A little wacky, a lot of fun, Bucketloads of Friends is good for your I Spy and Where’s Waldo fans.