It's not really a jungle out there, but a visual listing of nonthreatening animals.
Crinkling cloth serves as the main attraction in this wordless Dutch import. Lightly contained within black outlines, seven familiar jungle or (despite the title) savanna inhabitants center individually on each page. The approachable creatures remain all smiles and softness (felines more closely resemble house cats than ferocious predators). A sturdy sewn binding holds them altogether. A restricted, pleasing palette provides an unassuming background; colors repeat in the lion’s mane or the tiger’s patterned coat. There’s slight variation found through the characters’ positions; while the giraffe stretches tall, monkey crouches low, poised and ready to run out of view. Other entries in the Crinkle Animals series (Garden, Farm and Water) are stylistically similar.
Resembling more safari nursery than a vibrant tropical paradise, this is a book the youngest of audiences can wring, crumple and twist with abandon until they’re ready to move on. (Board Book. 3 mos.-1)