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