Hello, friends! Our book today is A Thousand Billion Things (And Some Sheep) by Loïc Clément & Anne Montel, a cleverly fun seek-and-find story for bookworms that enjoy a challenge.
Our story opens on a little girl who is none too fond of going to bed. You see, throughout her day there are thousands of choices to make, and it keeps things interesting. A mountain of buttered toast for breakfast, or cereal drowned in an avalanche of milk? Getting dressed in shirt, pants, dress, socks or tights, stripes or spots, blue or yellow? And don’t get her started on all the decisions involved in picking out a treat from the sweet shop. But when you lie down to bed, there’s nothing much to do but sit in the dark… and count dozens of sheep.
Who doesn’t love a good seek-and-find? And this one is indeed entertaining, combining a funny, tongue-in-cheek storyline with some amazingly detailed and whimsical illustrations, eventually coming together to create a clever and humorous twist. The art is definitely the star here, and the intricate illustrations create a stimulating (but not TOO difficult) visual puzzle while hiding some really fun Easter eggs. The length really depends on how much time you care to spend on the puzzles – for little bookworms like JJ, finding the specific items is a bit challenging, though she loved picking out familiar objects from many of the spreads – but the story on it’s own can be read to even the youngest bookworm in a sitting. And yes, there’s a answer key in the back of the book, just in case. Overall, a fun experience, especially for readers big and small to share. Baby Bookworm approved!
(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)