Peke-A-Boo!

Find the Ball That's Blue

Children - Animals
32 Pages
Reviewed on 02/15/2021
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Reviewed by Deborah Lloyd for Readers' Favorite

Samantha is a spunky Pekingese puppy who loves to play with her blue ball. However, she frequently cannot find the blue ball. The children’s book, Peke-A-Boo! Find the Ball That’s Blue, written by Wendy Zambrana and illustrated by Anne Zimanski, is a delightful participatory book. The child to whom the book is being read is asked to find the blue ball throughout one day in Samantha’s life. On the first pages, the child is shown that the ball is blue with two white stripes and is told it frequently seems to vanish. When Samantha wakes up one morning, she cannot find her blue ball. She loses it throughout the day, both inside the house and in the yard.

One of the outstanding features of this children’s book is the engagement of the child in the storyline. It will certainly be a fun experience for young children. Another feature is the richly detailed illustrations, making it more difficult for a child to spot the ball. Although the book is written for young children, the drawings will be enchanting to a child for several more years. Additionally, there are several areas where parents can encourage further conversations. For example, in Samantha’s dream titled The Adventures of Samantha and Her Blue Ball, parents can talk to children about dreams and how these may connect to real-life experiences. Author Wendy Zambrana and illustrator Anne Zimanski have crafted a beautiful children’s book in Peke-A-Boo! Find the Ball That’s Blue. A wonderful addition to any child’s library!

Bruce Arrington

Peke-A-Boo! Find the Ball That's Blue by Wendy Zambrana is a 32-page long children’s book filled with color, rhymes, and a puzzle. There is a blue ball to find, colors to explore, and a story to enjoy. Samantha, a lively and friendly family dog, loves playing with her blue ball, but for some reason, it keeps disappearing. It is up to the young reader to help Samantha find it. Samantha begins her day, greets her family, and plays outside in the back yard. Throughout the day, she is involved in her fun activities, all involving the blue ball. And yet for some strange reason, her ball keeps disappearing. At the end of the day, can the reader help Samantha find her ball once and for all?

This is a sweet story, filled with attractive colors and details that will draw the reader in. The artwork is detailed, engaging, and professional, just as one would expect in a book such as this. Like other books that are filled with objects to find, finding the blue ball is the assigned task for the young reader, and it is hidden in several places throughout the book. The pages are vibrant, and invite those of early age to learn and identify the many other colors presented on each page. This is a book that will entertain and educate young children, immersing them in the world of color and rhyme. Peke-A-Boo! Find the Ball That's Blue by Wendy Zambrana is a clear winner and highly recommended.

Tiffany Ferrell

In Peke-A-Boo! Find The Ball That’s Blue by Wendy Zambrana, we are introduced to a pretty dog named Samantha. Carefree and liking to play, Samantha especially loved her blue ball among all her other toys. Sometimes, her favorite ball goes missing and it’s up to us to find it. One time it disappeared while she slept. Another time she came down the stairs to find it gone. When she’s distracted by pets and belly rubs, her blue ball goes missing. While playing outside in the tall grass, Samantha can’t find her ball. Once she didn’t even want to eat at lunchtime. All the dog wanted was her blue ball and it was nowhere to be found. Samantha is sad that her ball isn’t around. What she doesn’t know was that her favorite ball was frayed so it was tossed into the trash. She isn’t upset for long, because her humans bought her a shiny brand new one that Samantha even plays with in her dreams.

I thought Peke-A-Boo! Find The Ball That’s Blue was an adorable and entertaining read. Children love stories about animals and this children’s book went beyond just the story to include a search game that will be sure to keep their attention. The main character is a sweet black and white dog named Samantha that the young reader will surely love. Like most kids and some animals, Samantha has a favorite toy that she loves to take everywhere. When her favorite blue ball goes missing, the young audience could relate thinking about that one time they couldn’t find a favorite toy of their own. To add to the tale, the illustrations are beautifully done and fit perfectly with the storyline. Overall, I think Wendy Zambrana has done a wonderful job and I can’t wait to see what else she writes.

Joe M.

This book was written and illustrated in such a way that it took us through the journey of Sam as she attempts to locate her blue ball..... to be honest I had trouble at times trying to find it too. This was an amazing way to spend time away from screen and with family.