AFRICAN CRITTERS by Robert B. Haas

AFRICAN CRITTERS

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Age Range: 7 - 12

KIRKUS REVIEW

Striking photocollages, most in lush color, illustrate, sometimes problematically, this wildlife photographer’s account of adventures in animal preserves in southern Africa. Short chapters describe exciting encounters with leopards, elephants, wild dogs, lions, hyenas, hippos, rhinos and cheetahs, as well as smaller creatures. The first paragraph on each double-page spread begins with a tiny photographic vignette, and the endpapers are composed of a pattern of even smaller photographs of various animals. “Learning About …” boxes add further facts. An excellent index identifies the animals in larger pictures, even if unidentified in the text, but readers will search in vain for labels for some of the smaller images. The digitally enhanced composite photographs show the animals in a variety of poses but can be confusing, as when a hyena and her two cubs appear as a much larger family: With composites, the reader can’t tell what is real. In an afterword, the author explains his presentation as “artistic license” to represent his emotional experience, but it, like the cover montage, may misrepresent the animals’ world. (glossary, index, references) (Nonfiction. 7-12)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-1-4263-0317-3
Page count: 96pp
Publisher: National Geographic
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 2008




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