ANIMAL CAMOUFLAGE

A SEARCH AND FIND ACTIVITY BOOK

A collection of international animals is concealed in a series of complex pictures. Search and find!

Hutchinson proposes taking readers on a trip around the world. He separates the Earth into seven regions. For each, there is first an overview of the topography and climate as well as short descriptions of the many animals indigenous to the region. Then, a double-page spread features a pair of challenges. On the left (taking up about one-quarter of the area), several animals are depicted clearly against white space. A wide, striking, and complex monochromatic cut-paper illustration of a typical habitat fills the rest, dizzying readers with the interaction between negative and positive space. Readers are challenged to find both animals from the left sidebar and additional ones according to specific directions. The African animals feature some with horns. Some of the Asian animals use their front legs like arms. Europe boasts a wide variety of birds. Many animals in the polar regions lay eggs. A lot of the animals in South America are denizens of the rain forest. The duck-billed platypus is not the only “Australasian” animal with a bill. A final page includes a fun fact about each of the seven regions (one is that there are 61 Australasian animals with bills). Hutchinson succeeds beautifully in making learning fun. Dennis’ distinctive cut-paper illustrations are suitable for framing and intricate enough to reward repeat viewing. Each of the seven regions is depicted in a different color.

Wonderful. (Informational picture book. 4-9)

Pub Date: Sept. 5, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-61689-626-3

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press

Review Posted Online: July 17, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 2017

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Big and likely to draw a large audience both for its subject and the plethora of interactive doodads.

THE ULTIMATE BOOK OF ANIMALS

An outsized overview of animal types, senses, and common characteristics liberally endowed with flaps, pull-tabs, and like furbelows.

Della Malva’s realistically drawn animals crowd sturdy leaves large enough to feature life-size (or nearly so) images of the folded wings of a sea gull and a macaw, and Baumann fills the gaps between with meaty descriptive comments. On every page elements that lift, unfold, pop up, or spin aren’t just slapped on, but actively contribute to the presentation. On a “Birth and Growing” spread, for instance, each of six eggs from ostrich to platypus is a flap with an embryo beneath; a spinner presents a slideshow of a swallowtail’s life cycle from egg to adult; and no fewer than three attached booklets expand on the general topic using other species. Subsequent spreads cover animal sight, hearing, body coverings, grasping and touch, locomotion, and—centering on a startling gander down the pop-up maw of a wolf—eating. The animals and relevant body parts are all clearly labeled, and the text is pitched to serve equally well both casual browsers (“Even fish pee!”) and young zoologists seriously interested in the difference between “scales” and “scutes” or curious about the range of insect-mouth shapes.

Big and likely to draw a large audience both for its subject and the plethora of interactive doodads. (Informational novelty. 6-9)

Pub Date: Aug. 31, 2021

ISBN: 978-1-68464-281-6

Page Count: 36

Publisher: Twirl/Chronicle

Review Posted Online: Sept. 29, 2021

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15, 2021

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More thoughtful, sometimes exhilarating encounters with nature.

OVER AND UNDER THE WAVES

From the Over and Under series

In a new entry in the Over and Under series, a paddleboarder glimpses humpback whales leaping, floats over a populous kelp forest, and explores life on a beach and in a tide pool.

In this tale inspired by Messner’s experiences in Monterey Bay in California, a young tan-skinned narrator, along with their light-skinned mom and tan-skinned dad, observes in quiet, lyrical language sights and sounds above and below the sea’s serene surface. Switching perspectives and angles of view and often leaving the family’s red paddleboards just tiny dots bobbing on distant swells, Neal’s broad seascapes depict in precise detail bat stars and anchovies, kelp bass, and sea otters going about their business amid rocky formations and the swaying fronds of kelp…and, further out, graceful moon jellies and—thrillingly—massive whales in open waters beneath gliding pelicans and other shorebirds. After returning to the beach at day’s end to search for shells and to spot anemones and decorator crabs, the child ends with nighttime dreams of stars in the sky meeting stars in the sea. Appended nature notes on kelp and 21 other types of sealife fill in details about patterns and relationships in this rich ecosystem. (This book was reviewed digitally.)

More thoughtful, sometimes exhilarating encounters with nature. (author’s note, further reading) (Informational picture book. 6-9)

Pub Date: Sept. 13, 2022

ISBN: 978-1-79720-347-8

Page Count: 56

Publisher: Chronicle Books

Review Posted Online: June 22, 2022

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 2022

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