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Look-alikes, jr.
Steiner, Joan (Joan Catherine)
First edition.
Publication Information:
Boston : Little, Brown, [1999]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 32 cm
Simple verses challenge readers to identify the everyday objects used to construct eleven three-dimensional scenes, including a house, kitchen, bedroom, school bus, train, farm, and rocket.
Reading Level:
NP Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.0 0.5 36597.

Reading Counts RC K-2 3.3 1 Quiz: 22649 Guided reading level: K.

Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Oversize
J PIC BOOK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
J PIC BOOK Juvenile Non-Fiction Picture Books
J PIC BOOK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Look-Alikes burst onto the scene last fall and ignited a publishing sensation. Named a "Best Book of the Year" by the New York Times Book Review, Time, Parenting, Child, Publishers Weekly, and Parents, it was also featured on CBS This Morning and the NBC Today show and spent several months on the Publishers Weekly bestseller list.

The companion volume, Look-Alikes Jr., invites even the youngest child to join in the fun by featuring simpler, easier-to-find look-alikes with 50+ items to search for on each page. In this new book, artist Joan Steiner has used everything from inkwells and ice cream cones to pretzels and peacock feathers to create another amazing three-dimensional world. Stop in at school and sit on a chair built of pencils and crackers, visit a construction site where a mustard bottle becomes a cement mixer, or take a ride on a train made out of a flashlight, film, and flowers! With more than 700 look-alikes to find, extra challenges, and a complete list of answers in the back, this book will have puzzlers of all ages poring over its pages for hours on end.

Author Notes

Joan Steiner was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey. After receiving degrees at Barnard College and the University of Chicago, she began her art career by creating one-of-a-kind wearable art pieces. She was the illustrator and creator of the Look-Alikes series. Her first book, Look-Alikes, was published in 1998. The book, and the other books in the series, featured three-dimensional collages that turned everyday objects like razors, coffeepots, or vegetables into everyday scenes such as a train station, city street, general store, park, and zoo. Her other works include Look-Alikes Jr., Look-Alikes Christmas, and Look-Alikes Around the World. She won numerous art and design awards including a Society of Illustrators Award and a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship. She died of cancer on September 8, 2010.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 5^-9. The rhyming text is negligible in this brilliant entry into art as a different way of seeing. In a slightly simpler version of last year's astonishing Look-Alikes, Steiner once again takes obsession to new heights. The result is indisputable fun. Children (and adults) will be mesmerized by the scenes she has constructed--a kitchen, a living room, a schoolhouse, and so on--and fascinated by the materials she has used. There are red pistachio tulips, popcorn gardenias, garlic clove geese, lasagna draperies, and a tortilla area rug. Steiner does inventive unimaginable things with makeup containers and tea bags and clear plastic purses, documenting the composition of each construction at the end of the book. Imagine yourself and a kid or two with a long time for exploring. --GraceAnne A. DeCandido

Publisher's Weekly Review

Steiner is just as imaginative with this series of vignettes, aimed at a younger audience, as she was in her startling debut, Look-Alikes. Designed on a slightly larger, less intricate scale than those in her first book, these scenes will be familiar to children, from domestic settings (e.g., a kitchen and bedroom) to a classroom, farmyard, construction siteÄeven a blastoff into space. But in Steiner's hands, the ordinary becomes extraordinary. Common household objects once again do double duty, appearing as something else entirely: mini-blinds become the clapboard siding on a house; upended dog biscuits topped with a comb make a nifty school bench and a farmer drives a tractor and plow made from a tape dispenser and hair clip, among other things. Rhyming couplets introduce each scene, clueing readers in to one of the visual ringers ("Here's the school bus, right on time./ Each rearview mirror looks like a DIME") and setting them up to hunt for more (some 50 appear in each photograph). This stellar sequel will have perceptive readers staring at spreads for hours over many repeated readings. All ages. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 3 Similar in format to Look-Alikes (Little, Brown, 1998), this title is intended for a slightly younger audience. The cover indicates that there are "more than 700 hidden everyday objects" as compared with 1000 items in the original. A minimal rhyming text gives clues as to the cleverly concealed tools, foodstuffs, etc., contained within the scenes of familiar settings such as a kitchen, a school bus, and a classroom. The well-composed, full-color photographic layouts are perhaps slightly less full and complex than those in the first book, but are in many ways comparable. The latter portion of the book outlines the rules for playing the look-alike game along with keys to the objects contained within each of the pictures. This title is sure to be a hit with the same children who relish the "I Spy" series (Scholastic). Rosalyn Pierini, San Luis Obispo City-County Library, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.