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Welcome to the Neighborwood    by Shawn Sheehy order for
Welcome to the Neighborwood
by Shawn Sheehy
Order:  USA  Can
Candlewick, 2015 (2015)
* * *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

Exceptional paper engineering sets this pop-up book apart and makes it a volume that both children (four and older) and adult collectors will want to own.

You'll discover how seven creatures use their special skills to construct their homes or places where they can find peace and food. The opening pop-up features a hummingbird and her small nest. That is followed by a very eye-catching spider and its 'Loom of Doom'; a cutout of a honeybee's hive; a huge potter wasp nest; and a beaver dam. The final two pop-ups picture a stickleback fish's underwater nest, and a composite foldout of a number of creatures' domiciles.

Not only is the art here excellent but the narrative that accompanies each foldout is also very informative. This is a novelty book that will be a welcome addition to anyone's collection of books of this type.

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