A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Shows how meaning and emotion change, depending on how you say a word or phrase. Shows that reading is fun and can grab your attention, even when there are only pictures.
Books are fun. Reading together is fun. You can get mad at your friend but then make up and maybe even see his or her point.
Positive Role Models
The gorilla is enthusiastic, persistent, loves books and reading. The little boy gets angry, but finally understands what the gorilla was trying to show him: that books have a lot to offer. He welcomes the gorilla back and invites him to read together.
Violence & Scariness
A couple of funny, cartoonish falls and crashes, one of which breaks the TV.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Jeff Mack's Look! is a charming picture book that celebrates the joy of reading -- and reading together -- in a story that uses only two words: "look" and "out." As in Mack's Ah Ha!, this book shows how the context and intonation of a word or two can change the meaning. There are a couple of funny, cartoonish falls and crashes, along with lighthearted encouragement to turn off the TV and try a book instead, as well as a sweet message of enduring friendship despite occasional conflict.
Is It Any Good?
LOOK! is a charming, funny book that uses only two words -- in different ways for different meanings -- to tell an engaging story that celebrates the fun of reading and sharing a good book. The digitally manipulated mixed-media illustrations capture the changing emotions of the two characters and offer subtle references for book lovers, including a library due-date card across from the title page; ragged book-page edges; worn, crackled-looking book-cover spines trimming a two-page spread and serving as individual page backgrounds; and patterned or textured endpaper sheets as backgrounds.
With humor and a light touch, author-illustrator Jeff Mack tackles the books-vs.-TV debate. But beyond the pro-reading message, it's a sweet story of friendship and conflict resolution featuring two adorable characters.
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