By Annelore Parot
Chronicle Books, 2011. Unpaged picture book.
Kimonos is a delightful interactive picture book about kokeshi, which are simple Japanese dolls. There are look-and-find items, basic Japanese words, lift-the-flap surprises, and fun cutouts, all done in a sweet and special way. Girls of all ages will love it, and I suspect some boys may even like the discoveries, such as a page full of silly hairdos. I think this one is an instant hit for fans of Hello Kitty, as the artwork is equally appealing. The illustrations feature many beautiful patterns, textures, and details throughout. A new favorite!