Author : Noriko Kudoh 工藤ノリコ
Published : 2021
Personal recommendation : 3-5 years old and older
I usually cannot describe Japanese Children’s book in one sentence as it contains much of stories and cultural background etc. But if you already know the popular book series of NORANEKO GUNDAN (Wild Cat Squad), for the first time ever, I can describe it in one sentence. 😊
“This book is Wild Cat Squad version of “I SPY” series by Walter Wick.”
This book is NOT “illustration” book nor contains much of texts/story. This book consists of photo of all the items where favorite characters of Wild Cat Squad are hidden in all the items and the readers are asked to find each character/items on each page. (More like “Where’s Waldo?”, but the things to find is not limited to Wild Car Squad Characters but items. The great thing about this book is each page’s theme is based on specific color.
- [RED] Red Items/Red Foods such as apples/strawberry/cherries for picnic are beautifully shown and placed on picnic sheet. Things to find are Red-White striped socks, Berry Mousse Cake, etc
- [GREEN] Lots of Gardening items/plants are shown. Things to find on this pages are Boots, Curry rice (Green curry??? 😊 ) etc
- [Sky BLUE] All the beach related items are shown on the pic, such as sky blue shells, sky blue wall behind wild cat squad. Things to find are sky blue colored candle, Lime juice, Small bottle with tiny shell inside etc.
- [Brown] All the breads (appears to be from bakery) are shown. Things to find on this page are Toast with jam, octopus-shaped breads (!) etc.
- [Yellow] Little Tea Ceremony items are shown here including yellow packet of tea bag, lemons and Bananas. Things to find on this pages are Wild Cat running away, Banana Tart, Oranges cut in half etc.
- [BLUE] All the blue-ish blocks/toys are shown on this page. Things to find are described as “Blue Car”, Blue house, the block shaped number “8” etc.
- [ORANGE] Bunch of Handicraft supplies are shown. Things to find here on this pages are Thread spool, Sewing Kit box and Wild Cat holding Yarn, etc.
- [WHITE] Here, all the handicraft supplies and fluffy things like white yarn / cotton swab etc. Things to find on this page are Grey Yarn, White clothes, sheep etc.
- [PINK] All the sweets/cup cakes are shown here. Thigs to find are heart-shaped lollipop candy, Strawberry Chocolate bar, Pink cookies etc.
- [BLACK] All the wild cat squad are surrounded by all the popcorn under the moon at night. Things to find are corn, moon, star-shaped cookies etc.
Like mentioned this does not have a story but my daughter loved this book simply because doing little game of “Where is XXXX?” seems to be pretty entertaining for her. The great surprise is that, once you are done reading the book, this book still would give opportunity to enjoy the book one more time At the end of this book, there are 70 other items shown which are yet to be found and directing the readers to go back and find all 70 items from page #1 of this book. This means you can enjoy this book over and over in quite longer timeline. This book can be a great “carry-on” book for train/airplane ride to entertain your kids for quite long time!
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