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Lesser Spotted Animals: The Coolest Creatures You’ve Never Heard Of

Title:  Lesser Spotted Animals:  The Coolest Creatures You’ve Never Heard Of
Author:   Martin Brown
Series:  —
Recommended for:  kindergarten and up for sharing, third grade and up for solo reading
Pages:   53 p.
Call Number/Link:   E 590 BRO

Rating:  *****

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Find out all about the amazing animals you need to know but never get to see, from the numbat to the zorilla, and everything in between.

Comments

This book definitely fits into the fun non-fiction category!  While it is factual, it also has humorous illustrations and funny comments.

As an example, here is a paragraph from the entry about the Lesser Fairy Armadillo:

“Imagine having your own suit of armor – not the clanking, noisy, metal medieval knight kind of armor – but tough, leathery bony plates that fit you like a second skin.  That’s what armadillos have.  Sticks and stones?  Dog bites?  Little brothers?  Ha!  You’d laugh at these pesky annoyances.”

And, I must admit that I would probably love any animal book that decided to include animals with names like the lesser fairy armadillo, dagger-toothed flower bat or Speke’s pectinator in it.  What awesome names!

This would be an excellent class readaloud.  I think a teacher would only need to read one chapter to grab the students’ interest.  And then there would hopefully be multiple copies of the book in the classroom so that fisticuffs didn’t ensue,  The book would also be an excellent way to introduce a unit where students would write animal reports, about either frequently spotted or lesser spotted animals.  Students could be asked to include wacky facts and try to make their reports fun.  (Or at least attempt one or two humorous illustrations.)

But now I must close so that I can search the Internet for photos of the lesser fairy armadillo!

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on March 14, 2017 in Funny, Juv, Non-Fiction

 

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Pigs to the Rescue

Title: Pigs to the Rescuepigs-to-the-rescue
Author: John Himmelman
Series: To the Rescue books
Recommended for: Preschool – Grade 3
Pages: 32
Call Number/Link:  E HIMME

Synopsis: Farmer Greenstalk and his family have the darnedest luck. Broken-down tractors, kites stuck in trees―they’re always having problems! It’s a good thing they have such helpful farm animals on hand. This time around, the pigs want to pitch in, and boy, do they ever! The Greenstalks soon find, though, that life might just be a little easier without their help…
Pigs to the Rescue is a 2011 Bank Street – Best Children’s Book of the Year.

Comments: This book was recommended for toddler story time and it is funny! The pigs mess everything up while trying to help and it gets worse and worse. This is a sequel to Chickens to the Rescue, where the chickens help, but get everything right. It’s just not as funny. I can easily see the kids shouting “Pigs to the rescue!” and doing a lot of oinking on the appropriate pages.

 
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Posted by on March 3, 2017 in Funny, Picture Books

 

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Colors

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Title:   Colors
Author:   Shanti Sparrow
Series:   —
Recommended for:   babies and toddlers
Pages:   20
Call Number/Link:  E TINY SPARROW, S.

Rating:  *****

 

 

Synopsis:

Pink flamingos, white Arctic foxes, a yellow lion, and gorgeous black swans: journey through Shanti Sparrow’s enchanting world of colors and animals. Blending beautiful patterns and textures with vibrant hues and bold shapes, Sparrow creates magical, distinctive illustrations that will captivate children and adults alike. The gorgeous design and retro, graphic style make an eye-catching introduction to some of nature’s most fascinating creatures.

Comments:

I loved the vivid colors in this book’s illustrations.  I loved them so much that I did not obsess over the purple owl or blue wolf (too much).  I look forward to seeing the author’s concept book about shapes!

 
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Posted by on December 17, 2016 in Concepts, Picture Books

 

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Animals by the Numbers : A Book of Infographics

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Title:   Animals by the Numbers : A Book of Infographics
Author:   Steve Jenkins
Series:   —
Recommended for:  kids in third grade and up, including tweens, teens and possibly adults
Pages:   48 p.
Call Number/Link:   J 590.7 JEN

Rating:   ****

 

 

 

Synopsis:

How many species are there across the globe?    How much do all of the insects in the world collectively weigh?   How far can animals travel?  Steve Jenkins answers these questions and many more with numbers, images, innovation, and authoritative science in his latest work of illustrated nonfictionJenkins layers his signature cut-paper illustrations alongside computer graphics and a text that is teeming with fresh, unexpected, and accurate zoological information ready for readers to easily devour. The level of scientific research paired with Jenkins’ creativity and accessible infographics is unmatched and sure to wow fans old and new.

Comments:

This book didn’t grab me right away, partly due to it having fewer of Steve Jenkins’ usual cool animal illustrations.  However, I was drawn in by the interesting information provided and think it will be a big hit with animal lovers and kids who like to learn odd facts like the world’s most poisonous animal.  (Or the breed of animal that most frequently kills humans.  It turns out that we should be more afraid of dogs than sharks.  Who knew?)

This book works best for independent reading, and I can imagine kids poring over it for hours. It would also be a great classroom book, both to teach about infographics (diagrams, charts, graphs, statistics) and animals and for pleasure reading.  It could also work well for one-on-one sharing with a younger child who is fascinated with animals, infographics and other nonfiction.

 
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Posted by on December 17, 2016 in Juv, Non-Fiction

 

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Hippopotamister

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Title:    Hippopotamister
Author:   John Patrick Green
Series:  —
Recommended for:  early chapter book readers, early readers on the C or D level, listeners ages 4 and older
Pages:   84 p.
Call Number/Link:   GN J GREEN, J.

Rating:  ****

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

“The zoo isn’t what it used to be. It’s run down, and Hippo hardly ever gets any visitors. So he decides to set off for the outside with his friend Red Panda. To make it in the human world, Hippo will have to become a Hippopotamister: he’ll have to act like a human, get a job, and wear a hat as a disguise. He’s a good employee, whether he’s a construction worker, a hair stylist, or a sous chef. But what he really needs is a job where he can be himself”–Amazon.com.

 

Comments:

Hippopotamister is my kind of graphic novel!  It strikes me as one or two steps beyond a picture book.  Its text is fairly short, but in speech bubbles, and the print is large enough for younger readers.  (Happily, the text is also large enough for more aged readers!)

It is the cute, funny story of a red panda and hippopotamus who leave the worn down City Zoo to live amongst the humans.  They have a series of jobs, but wind up being fired from each and every one.

Now for the $20,000 question:  will they ever find the place where they actually belong?

I think this book will appeal to readers who have a good grasp of sight words and are ready for something a bit more complicated.  Listeners ages 4 and up will also enjoy it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on June 8, 2016 in Funny, Graphic Novels, Juv

 

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The Wonderful Habits of Rabbits

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Title:   The Wonderful Habits of Rabbits
Author:   Douglas Florian
Series:   —
Recommended for:   Preschoolers, kindergarteners, elementary school students.  College students who need a poem in picture book form.

Pages:   32 p.
Call Number/Link:  E Florian, D.

Rating:   ****

 

Synopsis:

Join a family of rabbits as they have all kinds of fun throughout the day.

Comments:

Hurray!  A book for college children’s lit students who need a poem in picture book form!!!  I am so glad that poet Douglas Florian decided to publish a picture book this year.

Actually, I think it deserves a little more enthusiasm.

Hip Hip Hurray!!!

The students could use it for these project themes:  rabbits, seasons, nature, animals, family, a day from beginning to end, activities, habits

It is also a great choice for preschoolers, kindergarteners and elementary school students.  (It could also work for older students doing a poetry unit and anyone who likes poetry and/or picture books.)

 

 

 
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Posted by on April 29, 2016 in Picture Books

 

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A Hungry Lion, or A Dwindling Assortment of Animals

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Title:    A Hungry Lion, or A Dwindling Assortment of Animals
Author:   Lucy Ruth Cummins
Series:  —
Recommended for:  students in grade school and up who aren’t especially fond of cute little animals
Pages:   32 p.
Call Number/Link:  E CUMMINS, L.

Rating:  ****

 

 

Synopsis:

Members of a large group of animals, including a penguin, two rabbits, and a koala, disappear at an alarming rate but the hungry lion remains.

Comments:

This one is best for bigger kids who will not mind its food chain theme. (In other words, I don’t recommend using it for preschool storytime.)

Not for the very sensitive, or those who are especially fond of cute little animals.

But yes – I laughed.

 

 
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Posted by on March 25, 2016 in Funny, Picture Books

 

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