Gone Wild: An Endangered Animal Alphabet
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Gone Wild: An Endangered Animal Alphabet

by David McLimans
     
 

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Feast your eyes on these amazing creatures before they disappear. This stampede of wild animals, from Chinese Alligator to Grevy's Zebra, are so rare, they're all endangered. David McLiman's bold and playful illustrations transform each letter into a work of art, graphically rendered with animal characteristics. Scales, horns, even insect wings transform the

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Feast your eyes on these amazing creatures before they disappear. This stampede of wild animals, from Chinese Alligator to Grevy's Zebra, are so rare, they're all endangered. David McLiman's bold and playful illustrations transform each letter into a work of art, graphically rendered with animal characteristics. Scales, horns, even insect wings transform the alphabet into animated life.

Once you take this eye-opening safari, you'll never look at letters or animals with the same way again. A striking work of art and a zoological adventure, Gone Wild is sure to be loved by children and adults alike.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Karen Leggett
The author selected animals for his alphabet "because they presented visual opportunities." Basically, he could create the animal's shape from a letter of the alphabet. The result is a delightful mix of imagination and information. The "A" wiggles up and down like the skin of a Chinese alligator, with eyes popping out from the top of the letter. A Madagascar Tree Boa slithers around in the shape of a "B." The top feathers of the Crested Ibis burst out of the top of the letter "I." The "Z" is covered with the stripes of the zebra. Each letter has been created in black on white with ink, brush, Bristol board, and computer. The artwork could be used as a jumping off point for secondary school art students, while the alphabet will be an educational novelty for young children. It could also be used to teach symmetry to children—or even encourage them to create their own letter with an animal shape. Accompanying each letter is a box identifying the animal's habitat, range, threats, and status. It would be helpful to have a world map since many readers will not be able to place the habitats (Northern Patagonia, St. Helena Island). The status names do not follow the familiar "endangered" and "threatened" terms used in the Endangered Species Act, but introduce the word "vulnerable" instead. At the back of the book, there are excellent paragraphs of interesting facts about each animal.
School Library Journal
Gr 3 Up-Although organized as a conventional alphabet book, the letters here are far from ordinary. McLimans has created a black-and-white iconic representation of 26 endangered animals, and his art is striking. For example, the newt's eyes protrude slightly from the sides of "N," while its tongue emerges from the lower point. An accompanying box on each page includes a small, stylized red-and-white image of the animal plus information about its class, habitat, range, and threats to its survival. Back matter includes a paragraph about each creature along with a list of Web sites for organizations that help endangered animals and books for further reading. This title will serve more as a tool to raise awareness and a place to begin searching for information rather than as a source of facts. However, the arresting graphics and clean design will hold viewers' attention and create interest in the topic. The book could also serve as a starting point for art and design projects for students well above elementary school age.-Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Using a combination of physical and digital media, McLimans offers 26 page-filling, dramatic letter forms in silhouette, each based on the shape of an endangered animal whose name starts with that letter, from "Chinese Alligator" to "Grevy's Zebra." Reminiscent of Roberto de Vicq de Cumptich's Bembo's Zoo (2000) as an impressive showcase in visual design, the letters artfully use both filled and empty space to evoke rather than accurately represent their living counterparts, and will likely be of greater interest to students of the graphic arts than to budding naturalists. The author does include very brief notes on each creature's habitat, range, threats and official status, backed up by a closing comment and a multimedia resource list-but like Patricia Mullins's V For Vanishing: An Alphabet of Endangered Animals (1993), this will be more useful to younger readers as a consciousness-raiser than an information source. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802795632
Publisher:
Walker & Company
Publication date:
09/05/2006
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
11.14(w) x 9.97(h) x 0.45(d)
Age Range:
4 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

David McLimans has won numerous awards for his editorial illustration, including an Award of Excellence from the Society of Newspaper Designers and a Certificate of Excellence from Print magazine. His work has appeared the Washington Post, AIGA, Time, the New York Times, the Progressive, Atlantic Monthly, and Harper's. This is his first children's book. He lives and works in Madison, Wisconsin.

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