What's Looking At You Kid?

Cover: What's Looking At You Kid?

From acclaimed U.S. Children's Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis comes a delightful exploration of the wildlife easily found in our backyards and along the seashore. Simple rhymes and riddles are used to help the youngest of readers identify our wildlife neighbors, including birds, small mammals, and insects.



  • Dewey: E
  • Graphics: Full-color illustrations
  • Hardcover (9781585367931): 32 pages, 9 (w) x 9 (h), © 2012, 03/01/2012
  • PDF (9781410310170): 32 pages, 9 (w) x 9 (h), © 2012, 06/25/2012
  • Hosted ebook (9781627535458): 32 pages, © 2014, 08/15/2013


  • Suggested Interest Level: Age 6 - Age 9
  • Accelerated Reader® Quiz: 0

BISAC Subjects


  • Keystone to Reading Elementary Book Award Shortlist, Short-listed, 2013
  • USA Best Books Award--Children's Picture Book Finalist, Runner-up, 2012
  • 2012 USA Best Book Award Finalist - Children's Picture Book - Hardcover Fiction, Short-listed, 2012


A Review of "What’s Looking at You, Kid?" in Booklist

Lewis, the current Children’s Poet Laureate, offers rhymes as riddles. Examples include “Hanging in the air’s the thing / he can do without a wing / Look, a yo-yo on a string! Whee!” and “Look who’s into something sweet. / She must live on Honey Street. / She’s got honey on her feet!” Each answer names an animal, and, in these examples, the first is a spider, and the second a bee. Although the full pollen baskets on the bee’s legs are a bit distracting, as they’re unexplained and unrelated to the riddle, the paintings are usually uncomplicated, helpful, and pleasing. Many of the riddles would be difficult to solve without a hint, but the illustrations make the answers obvious. When sharing the book with groups of children, readers may want to pause after reading each rhyme, before showing the picture. Apart from the title, which winks at adults, this playful picture book invites involvement and response from young children.


Author: J. Patrick Lewis

J. Patrick Lewis is the author of 60 books for children, 50 of them in poetry. He is also the coauthor of three terrific children and four delightful grandchildren. He writes full-time, makes 30 elementary school visits a year, and keynotes at literature conferences. First Dog is his first book with his daughter Beth. Pat, or Grandpat, as his grandkids call him, is married and lives in Westerville, Ohio. 

Illustrator: Renée Graef

Renée Graef is a very well known children’s book illustrator for the American Girls collection with Pleasant Company. She has also illustrated for Boyd’s Bears and is the illustrator of HarperCollin’s My First Little House series. Renée attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison; she lives in Milwaukee with her family.