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HATCH! by Roxie Munro


by Roxie Munro, illustrated by Roxie Munro

Age Range: 5 - 11

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-7614-5882-1
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish

“Birds are some of the most fascinating creatures on Earth,” writes Munro, who proceeds to explain just how so with all the enthralling pizzazz of the Guinness Book of Records. The design of the book is a winner: page left—an illustration of some eggs; page right—clues as to what bird laid the eggs; overleaf—a two-page spread of the bird in its milieu (with a small company of other creatures typically found there) and additional, often wowing, information about the bird. The illustrations are scrupulous but friendly and inviting, with none of the antiseptic character of a guidebook. The selection of birds allows for both the familiar—ostrich, hummingbird, eagle—and the unusual: black-legged kittiwakes, cactus wren, pegged for both the musicality of their names and some good and strange facts. Birds that sleep on the water with one eye open? Birds that build a nest as big as a car? Birds that can dive 700 feet under water? A bird taller than a professional basketball player? Birds that squat on anthills for the stinging thrill of it? They are all here. Munro doesn’t just dole out the odd facts, but paints—literally and figuratively—a fine portrait of each bird, the kind that will keep a young reader rapt. (Informational picture book. 5-11)