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DOGS AND CATS by Steve Jenkins


by Steve Jenkins & illustrated by Steve Jenkins

Age Range: 6 - 10

Pub Date: May 14th, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-618-50767-2
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin

A turn-it-around-and-flip-it-over volume delivers from ends to middle the straight goods on the world’s most popular house pets, a cleanly innovative design allowing interaction between the two parts throughout. Jenkins’s usual striking collages of cut and torn paper create his subjects in all their textures as he describes their prehistoric passages to domesticity and various and sundry facts about our canine and feline friends. The two narratives mirror each other, essentially following the same structure and at times asking the same questions (the answers to “Are dogs smarter than cats?” and “Are cats smarter than dogs?” for instance, hedge their bets diplomatically). Each double-paged spread features one thematic discussion, images arrayed on a clean white background and smaller sidebars providing additional information. Nothing new here, but the addition of icons at the bottom of each spread shows the other animal and gives one small, related fact, adding an element of interactivity that both teases and pleases. Sure to see plenty of use. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-10)