Books by Patricia J. Wynne

OUR SENSES by Rob DeSalle
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"An animated introduction to the neuroscience of sensory perception with broad appeal to artists, musicians, and other consumers and generators of brainpower."
You don't need a brain to sense what's going on around you—though it helps. Read full book review >
CANNIBALISM by Bill Schutt
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"One takeaway: humans don't taste like chicken. A learned, accessible, and engaging approach to a meaty—beg pardon—and always-controversial subject."
Zoologist Schutt (Biology/LIU Post; Dark Banquet: Blood and the Curious Lives of Blood-Feeding Creatures, 2008) gets to the heart of the matter of a topic that makes people shudder. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 2013

"Tots who have enjoyed the earlier titles with find this a satisfying introduction to an animal whose name they will also love repeating. (Informational picture book. 2-5)"
Preschoolers may think they know about kangaroos, but have they ever heard of or seen a common wallaroo, a kind of kangaroo? In this simple informational text, they get to meet one and conduct an interview with her. Read full book review >
MONKEY COLORS by Darrin Lunde
Released: July 1, 2012

"Simple and effective, a charming early reader about variety in the natural world. (Informational picture book. 4-7)"
"Monkeys come in many colors." Read full book review >
HELLO, BABY BELUGA by Darrin Lunde
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"A solid addition for the youngest naturalists. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Lunde and Wynne pair up for the third time (Meet the Meerkat, 2007, etc.), here acquainting the youngest animal lovers with facts about the beluga whale. Read full book review >
UP, UP, AND AWAY by Ginger Wadsworth
Released: July 1, 2009

"When the warm winds blow" in spring, a host of tiny garden spiderlings clamber out of the silken sac that protected them over the winter, and one—eluding hungry predators that include her own brothers and sisters—spins a long strand that carries her away on the breeze. Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 2007

"Jill C. Wheeler's photo-illustrated Bumblebee Bats (2005) is aimed at a slightly older audience. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-7)"
Framed as simply phrased questions and answers in differently sized type, this interview with the world's smallest bat—at rest, about the size of a quarter, as a life-sized view on the final page attests—will fill in younger naturalists on its looks, diet, enemies ("Bumblebee Bat, what do you fear?" Read full book review >
MEET THE MEERKAT by Darrin Lunde
Released: July 1, 2007

"Playing up the meerkat's general cuteness and social nature, this takes a more anthropomorphic approach than Heidi Moore's A Mob of Meerkats (2004), but may in consequence lend itself better to sharing with groups of children. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-7)"
Along the lines of their Hello, Bumblebee Bat (July 2007), Lunde and Wynne again introduce primary readers to a small, fuzzy animal through a very simply written interview: "Hello, little animal. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"An appealing and useful purchase. (Nonfiction. 6-10)"
Whales, dolphins and porpoises, seals, sea lions and walruses, sea otters, polar bears, manatees and dugongs are the marine mammals described in this attractive offering. Read full book review >
THE BUMBLEBEE QUEEN by April Pulley Sayre
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"Capped by a multimedia resource list, this makes nourishing fare for young observers of nature. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-8)"
Sayre follows the life cycle of a bumblebee queen, as she emerges from her winter shelter, selects an abandoned mouse nest for a colony site, busily tends the first generation of eggs and larvae, then, at summer's end, dies with her workers and drones, while the next generation of queens digs in to wait for spring. Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 2003

"A winner. (Nonfiction. 6-11)"
A terrific example of the best sort of science book for young readers, this focuses on one aspect of birds, their ability to fly, and examines it from all angles. Read full book review >
ONE SMALL SQUARE: CAVE by Donald M. Silver
Released: March 1, 1994

"Addresses to write to for more information; further reading; index. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Moving from the ferns, owls, bats, wood rats, and crayfish found in the half light near a cave's entrance to the fungi, blind salamanders, colorless isopods, and sightless fish deep within, Silver presents a typical cave's geological formations, plants, and animals and goes on to tell how cave residents find food and to introduce other kinds of caves. Read full book review >