Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Book Review: Pete and Repeat

A copy of Pete and Repeatshowed up at my house just as we were heading out to lunch one afternoon, so I brought it along to see what the kids thought of this "Can you spot the differences?" book.  Those of you who subscribe to St. Anthony Messenger Magazine are likely familiar with Pete and Repeat, but for those who aren't, this series is an awful lot like the comic strip pictures where you are asked to find the differences between the two pictures.

My girls had a lot of fun trying to find all eight differences found between the two pictures.  I was surprised at how engrossed they were in looking at this little pocket sized book.  The book features fifty-two of these puzzles.  Each puzzle has a little eight lined poem that goes with the picture.  The first verse changes with each picture and the second one is the same throughout the book.

The picture puzzles certainly offer a challenge for both young and old.  While my girls were able to find all of the differences on some of the puzzles, there are still many more that neither they nor my husband or I have been able to find all eight differences.  That means the girls are still coming back to this book over and over trying to find all the differences.  For people like me who get a bit frustrated when they can't figure out what's different, the book offers an answer key in the back.

What I like about this book is it's small enough to tuck inside a purse or diaper bag so that it can be pulled out to entertain children when it's needed.  The kids have enjoyed spotting the differences.  It's certainly worth getting if you can use a quiet activity book that's easily stored in a bag or your glove compartment for when you are on the go.

I was provided with a review copy of Pete and Repeatby the publisher, St. Anthony Messenger Press, in exchange for my honest review.

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