BABY ANIMALS by Marie Fordacq

BABY ANIMALS

From the "Magnetology" series
by , illustrated by
Age Range: 4 - 6
Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

Over 40 baby animals (plus a few trees) attach magnetically to desert, rain forest, savanna, or arctic scenes.

To help match the baby animals to their characteristic habitats, adult versions of each painted, die-cut creature pose in the simply rendered illustrations. However, natural history is not this import’s strong suit. There is a visual key at the end, but along with a few brief nature notes (“In the desert, many animals can survive on very little water”), only one or two creatures are identified on each spread. Moreover, neither the two tropical butterflies nor any of the flora, including three cutout trees, get a label or mention; two “baby” tropical frogs are just small adults; and the “Desert” includes saguaros and coconut palms in the same scene. The warning on the rear cover should be taken seriously, as many of the small, irregular pieces are definite choking hazards. They’ll also be easy to lose, though they are magnetized enough to stay in place through moderate shocks or when the volume is closed, and they can be stored in an attached pouch when they’re loose. Parents or teachers who prefer to stay away from licensed commercial characters may be drawn to this, and the pieces can also be used independently on any magnetic surface.

Not a substitute for but a possible successor to the plethora of more conventional—but safer—board-book and pop-up galleries. (Novelty. 4-6)

Pub Date: Sept. 4th, 2016
ISBN: 979-1-02760-193-6
Page count: 20pp
Publisher: Chronicle
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1st, 2016




MORE BY MARIE FORDACQ

ChildrenFIREHOUSE by Marie Fordacq
by Marie Fordacq
ChildrenMY DREAMS by Marie Fordacq
by Marie Fordacq
ChildrenMY WORLD MY WORDS by Marie Fordacq
by Marie Fordacq

MORE BY JANIK COAT

ChildrenRHYMOCEROS by Janik Coat
by Janik Coat
ChildrenHIPPOPPOSITES by Janik Coat
by Janik Coat

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenBABY ANIMAL POP! by Sarah Wassner Flynn
by Sarah Wassner Flynn
ChildrenOUT OF SIGHT by Francesco Pittau
by Francesco Pittau
ChildrenONE SPOTTED GIRAFFE by Petr Horácek
by Petr Horácek