Books by Robin Page

Released: April 28, 2020

"Delightful fare for animal lovers. (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
A menagerie of facts about the many jobs to do at the zoo. Read full book review >
LOOK AGAIN by Steve Jenkins
Released: July 2, 2019

"Another exploration of nature's wonders by an author-illustrator pair who delight readers with their examples. (resources, useful search terms) (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
Collage illustrations show camouflaged animals hiding to stay alive. Read full book review >
SEEDS MOVE! by Robin Page
by Robin Page, illustrated by Robin Page
Released: March 19, 2019

"A pleasant but facile introduction to the important concept of seed dispersal. (Informational picture book. 4-7)"
Page examines how seeds move from their parent plants to places where they can sprout and grow. Read full book review >
THE FROG BOOK by Steve Jenkins
Released: Feb. 26, 2019

"Another appealing title in a long series of demonstrations of nature's wonders. (Informational picture book. 4-9)"
A prolific author/illustrator couple explores the world of frogs. Read full book review >
WHO EATS ORANGE? by Dianne White
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"An engaging if disappointingly imperfect introduction to animals and (some of) the foods they eat. (Informational picture book. 5-8) "
White and Page introduce a variety of animals in this playful informational picture book. Read full book review >
LOOK AT ME! by Robin Page
Released: June 19, 2018

"Animals with fake eye spots, glowing lures, putrid flesh, and stinky glands will fascinate kids who love weird and wonderful science. (Informational picture book. 6-12)"
Many animals have creative and often startling ways of changing appearance, whether for attracting a mate, fending off predators, or luring prey. Read full book review >
WHO AM I? by Steve Jenkins
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"There is no dearth of animal guessing games on the market, but the thoughtful selections and careful crafting of this new one should make it a good home choice and welcome addition to any collection. (Informational picture book. 2-7)"
Disassembled animal images make a puzzle for preschoolers. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"An appealing introduction for preschool and storytime. (Informational picture book. 3-7)"
Count the ways that octopuses surprise! Read full book review >
Released: May 3, 2016

"Good for browsing—with the potential for launching readers into further investigation. (glossary, bibliography) (Informational picture book. 4-7)"
Tackling the hows and whys of six kinds of animal movement, Jenkins and Page present 46 creatures in paper collages against crisp white backgrounds. Read full book review >
HOW TO SWALLOW A PIG by Steve Jenkins
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Readers and listeners alike will eat this one up. (Informational picture book. 4-9)"
With tongues firmly in cheeks, a pair of animal admirers offers step-by-step instructions for engaging in some surprising animal behaviors. Read full book review >
Released: May 19, 2015

"A delightful and informative book for families wanting to raise chickens or learn where eggs come from. (Informational picture book. 4-9)"
In her first foray as solo writer and illustrator, Page, Steve Jenkins' frequent collaborator (and spouse), presents a child-friendly Q-and-A to prepare children for the titular eventuality. Read full book review >
EGG by Steve Jenkins
Released: March 3, 2015

"Appealing, accessible and accurate, this is another admirable creation. (additional reading) (Informational picture book. 4-9)"
With their characteristic design and choice of intriguing details, this prolific author-illustrator pair introduces "nature's perfect package": the egg. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"From a skilled team, another intriguing invitation to explore the animal world. (bibliography) (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
Noses and teeth, horns and beaks, tusks and frills—odd, silly and sometimes scary-looking animal features help them survive. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"A treat for eye and mind alike, besides being suitable for displays and durable enough to stand up to plenty of hands-on use. (Informational pop-up. 5-9)"
More than 26 creatures flip, twist, swivel or simply pose upside down in this neatly laid-out gallery of nature's acrobats. Read full book review >
MY FIRST DAY by Steve Jenkins
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"Appealing to a wide age range, this is another crowd pleaser. (Informational picture book. 2-7)"
Jenkins and Page find yet another inviting way to connect young human readers and listeners to creatures who share their world, presenting 22 baby animals that describe their very first day of life. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2010

Jenkins and Page team up in this packed-to-the-gills introduction to symbiosis. Tantalizing questions open the book, presenting readers with illustrations showing a giraffe with a bird in its ear, an alligator with a plover entering its toothy mouth and a turtle unabashedly swimming up to a gigantic hippopotamus. The illustrator's familiar colorful and dramatic cut- and torn-paper illustrations are the stars of the book, but they are not displayed to their customary advantage. Pages are divided into smaller boxes, some with borders and others lying on top of the larger picture; the layout resembles a comic-book page more than anything else. The text is placed directly on top of the illustrations, running along the side or in separate boxes. The overall effect of each spread is busyness, and there is so much going on that it is difficult to know how to read some of the pages. Fewer examples per page would have allowed a more spacious design with larger illustrations and fewer text boxes, which would have benefited the intended audience. Tiny icons illustrate the three pages of fact-laden backmatter. (Informational picture book. 7-10) Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 6, 2008

Similar in format to their highly successful What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? (2003), this stunning creation combines Jenkins's gorgeous hand-made paper illustrations with an engaging text that's wonderful for both group reading or sharing one-on-one. "See if you can figure out how the animals in these pages will snare a fish, hatch an egg, use a leaf, catch a fly, dig a hole, or eat a clam," the introduction encourages. Openings show small images of six animals opposite large images of a fly, leaf, etc., challenging the reader to answer the question before turning the page to see the illustrated answers. The eye-appealing arrangement of words and images makes each page turn a delight. The facts are fascinating and sometimes a tad gruesome: "The ichneumon wasp...lays its eggs inside a caterpillar. When the eggs hatch, the wasp larvae eat the caterpillar from the inside out." Nature is "red in tooth and claw." More information about each of the animals is contained in the back of the book. Kudos! (Informational picture book. 5-10)Read full book review >
Released: May 5, 2008

Choosing yet another child-friendly theme, Jenkins and Page explore sibling relationships in the animal world. Beginning with numbers of brothers and sisters and going on to the nature and length of the relationship, page by page they introduce varied species from around the world. Giant anteaters are only children, for instance; cichlids and myna birds may have stepsiblings. Grizzly bear brothers grow up fighting each other; peregrine falcon siblings practice hunting with each other. Jenkins's signature cut- and torn-paper images artfully spread across clean white pages with just a paragraph of text and label for each relationship. The creators of this intriguing survey include mammals, from elephants to mole rats, insects, birds and fish. Two pages of animal facts at the end add further information, usually the animal's size, where it lives and what it eats. These appear in the order established in the body of the text, but no page numbers assist the reader looking for something particular. This is an unfortunate but minor flaw in an otherwise splendid contribution, another winner from an accomplished team. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-8)Read full book review >
MOVE! by Steve Jenkins
Released: April 24, 2006

Textured collages array themselves across gracious expanses of white space in Jenkins's trademark clean design. As the title suggests, the concept under examination is the way animals move, from a gibbon who "swings through the jungle trees . . . [and] walks on two back legs" to a penguin who "slides—splash!—into the sea . . . and waddles with its colony." Each animal's second mode of locomotion leads to the next animal's first, so the leaping, slithering crocodile gives way to the slithering, climbing snake. It's a characteristically gorgeous offering, but one whose simplicity is occasionally at war with its delivery, given the suggested audience of preschoolers. The jacana (a southern African wading bird), for instance, is presented with no pronunciation guide, and the aforementioned "colony" of penguins is not defined. Each animal is presented in thumbnail at the end, with an accompanying paragraph explaining habitat, habits and size, but these do not serve to fill in the informational gaps in the main narrative. These flaws notwithstanding, there's no denying that this is an extraordinarily pretty and child-friendly package. (Picture book/nonfiction. 2-5)Read full book review >
Released: May 30, 2005

Cut-paper collages depict the denizens of six different habitats, first disguised in situ and then, with the turn of the page, in the same orientations but in plain view on a white background. The phrase "I see . . . " is completed on this second spread by the names of the animals represented and brief descriptions of what they are doing. Thumbnails of each animal appear again in the back matter with more thorough descriptions, along with discussion and location of their different habitats. An ant appears in each habitat, boosting the "I spy" appeal of the activity, and in general, this offering provides what readers have come to expect from Jenkins: eye-popping collages and accessible information about the natural world. However, there may be a hint of staleness in the air: While the animals have the lush, textured look one associates with Jenkins's work, the habitats are much less well-developed, resulting in a flatness and skewing of perspective that distorts the relative sizes of the animals shown. Unfortunate. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-8)Read full book review >
Released: March 24, 2003

Not only does Jenkins (Life on Earth, 2002, etc.) again display a genius for creating paper-collage wildlife portraits with astonishingly realistic skin, fur, and feathers, but here on alternate spreads he zooms in for equally lifelike close-ups of ears, eyes, noses, mouths, feet, and tails. Five examples of each organ thrusting in from beyond the pages' edges for each "What do you do" question precede spreads in which the point of view pulls back to show the whole animal, with a short accompanying caption. Visual surprises abound: a field cricket's ears are actually on its legs; a horned lizard can (and does, here) squirt blood from its eyes as a defense mechanism; in an ingenious use of page design, a five-lined skink's breakable tail enters and leaves the center gutter at different points. Capped by a systematic appendix furnishing more, and often arresting, details—"A humpback whale can be 50 feet long and weigh a ton per foot"—this array of wide eyes and open mouths will definitely have viewers responding with wide eyes and open mouths of their own. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-9)Read full book review >
ANIMALS IN FLIGHT by Steve Jenkins
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

An ambitious but unsuccessful design combines three levels of narration in this exploration of the concept of flight in the animal kingdom. Jenkins (Bugs Are Insects, p. 665, etc.) and Page create a basic storyline with double-page spreads each featuring one creature in flight, illustrated with Jenkins's brilliant, realistic cut-paper collages. The top of each spread includes just one or two sentences set in large type, which could be read by young readers themselves or by an adult as a read-aloud. The second layer of narration is set in smaller, italic type, serving as captions for the illustrations. The third, more problematic layer of narration goes deeper in some related direction (or in several directions), for example, explaining the mechanics of a hummingbird's wing movement. These related text blocks are set in even smaller type accompanied by small, computer-generated illustrations. A final spread offers an additional paragraph of information on each of the animals covered. A nonfiction work for children can't be all things for all ages, and this effort tries to be both a read-aloud for younger children and a nonfiction title for older ones, failing on both levels. The print in the third level of narrative is really too small for anyone to comfortably read, and the effect of all the levels of information, three different type faces, and the cluttered page design serves to dilute the impact of the attractive cut-paper collages. This overloaded concept never gets off the ground. (bibliography) (Nonfiction/picture book. 4-8)Read full book review >