Go, go, go! by Roxie Munro is quite possibly the best lift-the-flap book we’ve ever read here at Review Planet. The book has just a few words, but over 70 flaps, and it’s really quite amazing what she’s done with the format.
This book breaks new ground (to my knowledge, at least) in the way that it uses flaps to tell a story, even without many words. There are flaps on nearly every page, oriented to show action in the corresponding direction. There are nested flaps that reveal a mini-story, unfolding flaps that show a hot air balloon (for instance) inflating step by step on the ground, and another that lifts into the air, far above the top of the book. There’s a multifolded flap that shows a fire truck racing to a scene (horizontal fold out) and then lifting its ladder (vertical fold out) to rescue people on the top story of a tall building. There are layers of flaps and sub stories throughout this entertaining lift the flap book, and the creativity amazed my boys as we turned page after page after page, “reading” the stories. The last page, far from being a disappointment, is a feast of flaps, hidden under two large flaps that fold out to reveal a minature racetrack. Each of the eight or so flaps underneath (I’d tell you the exact number, but I’d have to wake my kids, who are napping with the book) has racecars on front and racecars inside; the effect as you turn the flap is that the cars are racing along right in front of you.
The book is printed on high-quality paper with entertaining illustrations and a good attention to detail. The illustrations are detailed enough that a number of stories can be told with the pictures, and the book also lends itself easily to reading games like “count the fire helmets,” “what are those workers doing?” and “where are the number 3s in this picture?”
Go, go, go! is a new favorite of ours, and I thank the folks at Sterling Books for sending me a copy to review. The book was such a favorite of my 2 and 4 year olds that I think I’ll head to Amazon to grab another copy to have on hand for birthdays.