STARRED REVIEW – Have You Seen Gordon? – KIRKUS

A seek-and-find story with twists to spare.

Let’s get this out of the way up front: Gordon, the purported star of this most unusual adventure, makes it plain early on that this being-found stuff isn’t for him, thanks very much, though at first, he’s pretty good at it. It’s not that Gordon, a purple tapir with a white stripe across his abdomen, wishes to hide. His seemingly uncooperative attitude, explained in a funny exchange with the book’s chatty, unseen narrator, actually stems from his desire to “stand out.” The narrator agrees to select another candidate (and to “change the title of the book”). Mind you, there’s quite a crowded cast of colorful characters to choose from on the minutely detailed spreads. So next up is a blue construction-worker rhino in a hard hat who shyly eludes the “honor” and eventually does a literal runner—but not before she proudly announces her name: Jane. Gordon, enjoying himself among his many pals in various settings, is eventually enlisted to help find her and comes up with a superb, emotionally empowering idea—one that turns out to be both a truly splendid seek-and-find exercise for readers and a satisfyingly lovely conclusion.

Riotously written and wittily illustrated with plenty of details for kids to savor, this charmer will keep readers laughing and looking. Seek no more for words to describe this winner: a standout!