CHAMELEON, CHAMELEON by Joy Cowley

CHAMELEON, CHAMELEON

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Age Range: 3 - 7

KIRKUS REVIEW

In a lush companion to Red-Eyed Tree Frog (1999), a brilliant blue-and-green panther chameleon runs out of food in his tree and descends to the forest floor in search of a more populated hunting ground. The unadorned present-tense narration takes him past various harmless critters and a scorpion (not harmless) until he finds another tree, complete with new bugs (“ZAP!”) and a friendly female chameleon. Cowley’s simple text, aided by clever page design, emphasizes the chameleon’s deliberate pace as it navigates its way “step . . . / by step . . . / . . . by step.” Bishop’s gorgeous photographs invest their subject with enormous character, allowing expressive poses to amplify the text and develop the story. Images are set into boxes against pages that, appropriately, shade gradually from green to yellow to orange as the chameleon creeps along. End matter provides further information about chameleons, and a photographer’s note explains the methodology, but these are truly additional features. The book’s real success, as with its predecessor’s, lies in the way words and pictures come together to deliver a satisfying nonfiction adventure for very young children. (Picture book/nonfiction. 3-7)

Pub Date: April 1st, 2005
ISBN: 0-439-66653-8
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Scholastic
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 2005




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