Books by Gary Bogue

THERE’S A HUMMINGBIRD IN MY BACKYARD by Gary Bogue
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2010

A pair of Anna's hummingbirds nest in the Bakers' backyard, offering Kelly's family an opportunity for feeding, watching and learning about hummingbird behavior. The threat of jays and other predators provides suspense for the slim fictional scaffolding. Readers and listeners will learn about hummingbird courtship flights, nest construction, feeding and chick-rearing habits. There's some humor as the female swoops down to steal dog hair for her nest and later flies through the spray of a garden hose. Despite anthropomorphism in the language ("mama" and "babies"), the science is accurate and applies to hummingbirds across the country, not just this West Coast species. Bogue, a former curator at a wildlife museum, includes a recipe for hummingbird feeder water but neglects the bacteria-killing boiling step. Todd's watercolor-and-ink illustrations vary in size and placement on the page, carrying the reader along. The paintings realistically depict these tiny birds, though the scale in some may be confusing and they are less than successful in their depictions of the human characters. This is a worthy companion to There's an Opossum in My Backyard (2007) by this California-based author-illustrator pair. (Informational picture book. 5-9)Read full book review >
THERE’S AN OPOSSUM IN MY BACKYARD by Gary Bogue
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

When a baby opossum falls off its mother's back, it's the start of a suburban backyard adventure for the little marsupial—and for the Green family who owns the yard. The opossum learns to take care of itself, using its instincts and adaptations to fend off predators and enemies, foraging for food and even finding a cozy spot for a nest in the garage. Throughout, Bogue seamlessly weaves fascinating facts about the only marsupial native to North America. For instance, when an opossum faints, or plays dead, a gland in its tail produces a scent that fools predators into thinking it's dead. Todd's watercolor-and-ink illustrations will familiarize young readers with the world from an opossum's point of view. While his depiction of the Green family is somewhat stilted, the opossum is rendered in impressive detail, right down to each toe and claw. Backmatter includes more information about opossums, as well as a book and website list for further reading. A good starting place for those curious about the opossums in their own backyards. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-8)Read full book review >