Recent fans of Some Smug Slug (1996) may appreciate a different kind of animal alliteration in this book, whose pages are formed by a striking set of black-and-white photographs of kids and their animal allies. While not an alphabet, many letters are represented: ""Simon's slithery snake"" is seen wrapped about his neck, ""Rachel's rascally rat"" perches atop her hat, ""David's dotted dog"" rests sleepily beside its owner. Each portrait is a deliberate character study, up close and personal. Some are playful, others more contemplative in their composition, and likenesses between kids and their animal friends will not be overlooked. Aside from being a collection of posed, interesting photos, the book could be used in animal-naming sessions, or for wordplay that extends the alliteration. Cats, dogs, ponies, and goldfish are to be expected, but the book concludes with a bounce on Emma's enormous elephant, the largest animal of all. A collage of fun, spontaneous-looking outtakes fills the endpapers, and may prompt children to pick up their cameras and take a few shots themselves.