‘One is Not a Pair – A Spotting Book,’ by Britta Teckentrup.

There’s now a third title in Britta Teckentrup’s best-selling spotting series, and it doesn’t fail to impress.

All children are naturally inquisitive so I can’t think of a better book to harness this than ‘One is Not a Pair.’  Each page contains several sets of pairs…but can you spot the odd one out?  The rhyming text gives you clues as to what you’re looking for  but you’ll really need to look hard if you’re going to find it.  And that’s not as easy as you might think!

Britta’s trademark illustrations draw the eye to the page and engage readers young and old alike.  This book is perfect to help young children develop the skills of careful observation and persistence, and to teach them that such skills can be very rewarding.

I recently tested this beauty out on a long car journey – prime squabbling time for my two boys (aged 3 and 7).  However, I was delighted not to hear tortured screams coming from the back of the car but, instead, the sound of two brothers working as a team to try to find the odd object.  It got both of them using some fantastic language as they discussed which was tractor bigger or smaller, counted spots on toadstools, compared colours and decided which socks were striped or spotted.  Endless conversational opportunities arose.

It’s still a book they love to return to as they challenge other people to spot the partnerless object.  They’ve also started developing their own questions to give different odd ones out so the game continues to be fresh and exciting.

Also available in this fab series are:


Happy hunting!

Library Girl.

*Thank you to Big Picture Press for sending me this copy to review*

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