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Clever Picture Books That Captivate

All three of my kids, ages 13, 11 and 8, delighted in this clever picture book with a book-within-a-book-within-a-book format. I figured if this picture book could captivate a teenager, it has a lock on all younger kids.

I only wish the pages were a tad more sturdy because this is a book that is going to be used. Little hands will want to open up each page by themselves to discover all the creatures who are enjoying reading a book.

PickyKidPix thinks that this picture book is equal parts wonderful due to both the talented illustrator and author! I tried to argue that it was more the illustrator that makes this book so great  but she disagreed. She loves Suzy Lee’s wordless picture book Wave and noted that Suzy could illustrate in so many different styles!

There are so many subtle things to see within the book. Notice how the book covers match the animals reading them. We really liked that.

We also liked that the smallest creature had the biggest book and the biggest creature had the tiniest book too small for his hands to even open.

This is a delightful picture book that appeals to all ages. I can attest because all three of my kids loved this book.

Open This Little Book by Jesse Klausmeier, illustrated by Suzy Lee

 (click on image to view at Amazon)

It’s possible that this video is even more fun than reading the picture book but only because this is an amazing trailer!

What other clever picture books created by ingenious formatting do you and your children love to read over and over again? Please share!

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By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. Oh… We haven’t read this one yet. I keep reading about it and meaning to get it and then forgetting! Thank you for the reminder!
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  2. This is the right book for me, I have teens and younger kids too. Am curious to see a book that will captivate both age groups.
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  3. Oh, how clever! I loved the video. The book must have cost a fortune to produce, However, the rather stylized art work is a disappointment for me.

  4. Clever concept, perfect execution. Nothing not to love about this gem!
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  5. This is a very neat book.
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  6. Ann

    Yes I saw this book, very cool! You know I didn’t even realize it was illustrated by Suzy Lee, yes very different style. Lovin’ picture book trailers lately!
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  7. Catherine

    That is adorable! I loved lift the flap books as a child (still do) and this is magical. Love the illis too.
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  8. belinda brock

    thanks, i enjoyed this post. always great to discover a book that will hold the interest of a wider age range.

  9. What a clever book, thank you for sharing!
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