Lost and Found: Adèle & Simon in China (Adele & Simon) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-09-20 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings

" Beautiful, subtle seek and find told through short letters home. " said.

" The detailed drawings are simply amazing in their complexity. Takes one back to what China was once like, but also offers a puzzle. A throwback to pique historical interest. " said.

" The illustrations are stunning. " said.

" Clever seek and find book, with lots of intricate pictures to pore over. " said.

" Stunning illustrations and clever concept. Text gets repetitive. Poor Simon comes off as a bit of an airhead always losing things and Adèle as a tattletale. If Adèle and Simon are French, why are they writing to their Mama (should be Maman) in English? Maybe this was explained in an earlier book? Why did the author make the children French? As a francophone, I found this slightly off-putting. " said.

" Beautiful illustrations rich with history. " said.

"McClintock, Barbara Lost and Found: Adele and Simon in China. PICTURE BOOK. Farrar Straus Giroux, 2016. $17.99.

Adele and her brother Simon have traveled to China for a visit with their Uncle Sidney, a photographer. At the beginning of their journey, Uncle Sidney buys Adele a camera of her own and gets Simon a whole knapsack of treasures like a scarf, an abacus and a fan, to name a few. As they journey through China, Simon loses everything! Upon returning and developing her photos, Adele discovers each one holds the image of one of Simon’s missing items.

The fun for the reader is in looking for the missing items as the journey goes on. Along with each image is a postcard from Adele to her mother that tells the story of their journey. I thought this was a unique and beautiful look at China. McClintock’s illustrations are lovely and remarkably detailed, but it is still possible to readily find Simon’s missing items if you look closely. The information and look at China will be more interesting to older readers, but younger audiences will still enjoy searching for Simon’s missing things.

EL (K-3), EL—ESSENTIAL. Reviewer: TC
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" While the illustrations in this book are not as busy and crowded as those of a "Where's Waldo?" book, they are much better. Children will have fun trying to find all the items that Simon loses through the pages. There are also brief facts about the places the children visited in China at the end. " said.

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