WILD ONES by Carol L. Malnor

WILD ONES

Observing City Critters
by , illustrated by
Age Range: 3 - 7
Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

Readers meet many animals common to U.S. cities when a shaggy, terrierlike dog slips away from home for a day and wanders around his neighborhood.

“Nature is all around us, even in the city. Follow Scooter as he uses his senses to discover city critters.” Despite the dog’s friendly, winsome expression, children over age 7 will probably chafe at the command and the ensuing simplistic story. Little ones, however, will enjoy the many opportunities for seeing the animals that Scooter notices—and those he does not. Throughout his odyssey, every double-page spread is crammed with digitally produced, hyperrealistic urban scenes full of flora, fauna, people, and human-created objects. There is a bit of plot, as Scooter’s responsible African-American owners search for their lost dog and post signs. Juvenile humor enters in the form of bird poo on the dog’s head. After the predictable, comforting ending, there are excellent notes for teachers and students. Unfortunately, the story itself and the illustrations have an overworked quality that may lead readers to give up before reaching the endnotes. Also, the text inexplicably and regularly uses italics in a way that detracts from natural scanning. (“Scooter isn’t aware of the pigeon feathers….But he soon becomes aware of an unfamiliar sound.”)

Scooter’s adventure is suitable for young children, while the endnotes will interest general readers of all ages. (Picture book. 3-7)

Pub Date: March 1st, 2016
ISBN: 978-1-58469-553-0
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Dawn Publications
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15th, 2015




MORE BY CAROL L. MALNOR

ChildrenON KIKI'S REEF by Carol L. Malnor
by Carol L. Malnor
ChildrenMOLLY'S ORGANIC FARM by Carol L. Malnor
by Carol L. Malnor
ChildrenTHE BLUES GOES EXTREME BIRDING by Carol L. Malnor
by Carol L. Malnor

MORE BY CATHY MORRISON

ChildrenOVER ON THE FARM by Marianne Berkes
by Marianne Berkes
ChildrenTORTOISE AND HARE'S AMAZING RACE by Marianne Berkes
by Marianne Berkes

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenTHE SECRET POOL by Kimberly Ridley
by Kimberly Ridley
ChildrenHANK'S BIG DAY by Evan Kuhlman
by Evan Kuhlman
ChildrenSONYA'S CHICKENS by Phoebe Wahl
by Phoebe Wahl