Food: Hide and SneakBastien Contraire

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One of these things is almost like the others...

Behold this artful and unusual odd-one-out board book for the youngest readers, featuring a much-loved theme: food! Bastien Contraire masterfully creates spreads with six to eight images each - all of which belong together, except one that may resemble the others but has no business joining the rest. An umbrella among mushrooms, a snake among vegetables, and a canoe among pastries are all hiding in plain sight for the delighted toddler to giddily discover! Young readers will exercise skills of categorization and visual acuity in finding the "imposter", and bask in the preposterous silliness. This is the third book in Contraire's collectible Hide and Sneak series.

Colors are brighter than they appear - printed in pure Pantones.

Ages 1-3


  • Format: Board Book
  • Size: 200 × 180 mm (7 7/8 × 7 1/8 in)
  • Pages: 26 pp
  • Illustrations: 26 illustrations
  • ISBN: 9780714877235

Bastien Contraire is the co-founder of Papier Gaché, an independent publisher of fanzines and art books that promote contemporary drawing and comics. His work in design encouraged him to explore numerous hands-on art techniques, leading him to discover the stencil-print technique he uses for this book. Contraire lives in Paris.

"This beautiful board book is full of food – and something that doesn't belong with that food. Find the sneaky snake amongst vegetables, or the duck among the doughnuts, helping littles understand categorisation as they find the "imposter"."—Absolutely Mama

"Can you spot the umbrella amongst the mushrooms?... Help little ones find the imposter in each drawing and have a giggle along the way."—Baby Magazine

"A companion board book to the lovely Vehicle Hide and Sneak, this asks small children to spot the odd one out in an assortment of graphic foods - is it a toadstool or a beach umbrella, a rubber duck or an iced bun? Fun, engaging and beautifully produced."—Illustration Magazine

"Inspire your little one with this fun 'spot the odd one out' book. Which one isn't quite right? A fun thinking book based on food items for preschoolers."—Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays

"Brightly colorful illustrations, this is a delight to look at... and this book also encourag[es] young readers to think critically."—5 Minutes for Mom

"You and your little one will enjoy the bright colors and striking stylistic illustration."—Twenty by Jenny

"Young readers can practice observational and organizational skills with this clever book that masquerades as a game."—Kirkus Review

"Contraire challenges readers to detect differences, while arresting color combination lends the visual game particular panache."—Publishers Weekly

"With a chic, pared-down aesthetic, Bastien Contraire plays tricks with perception in the mostly wordless puzzler Food Hide and Sneak."—The Wall Street Journal