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ABC ANIMAL JAMBOREE by Giles Andreae

ABC ANIMAL JAMBOREE

By Giles Andreae (Author) , David Wojtowycz (Illustrator)

Age Range: 3 - 6

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-58925-092-5
Publisher: Tiger Tales

Bouncy animal rhymes from Angelfish to Zebra. A generous and varied conpendium of beastly paintings and verses, from the Crocodile ("When animals come to the river to drink, / I watch for a minute or two") to the Giraffe ("I really don't care / When my head's in the air / And my cheek's getting kissed by a cloud") to the Narwhal ("The ocean's swimming unicorn") to the Tiger ("His eyes shine like lights / In the darkest of nights"). Other animals include the Yak, Jellyfish, Boa Constrictor, Dolphin, Penguin and Vulture. The eclectic mix allows Quetzal and X-Ray Fish to fill those troublesome Q and X slots with ease. Wojtowycz's illustrations are a riot of fluourescent color; green Iguanas rest on brown tree branches against a hot-pink background (the letters Ii backgrounded in bright yellow), for example. Bright the colors may be, but the humor is frequently agreeably subtle; Zebra winks raffishly at readers as he proclaims, "I've got stripes, / Which my ladyfriend likes / Since they make me look handsome and cool." This is just what it should be—a little learning and a lot of breezy fun. (Picture book. 3-6)