Excellent, close-up photographs depict ten animals that call Africa their home. Kids who are fascinated by animals and those ready for a zoo trip will enjoy looking at the photographs in this sturdy board book. Part of the "Little Nature Books" series. 1997 (orig.
School Library Journal
PreSTwo unsuccessful board books. Funny Faces is an unfortunate title since the faces on these monkeys and apes are not funny. They are natural and in some cases might be downright frightening as is the case with the leader baboon in an aggressive mood. Also, the photographs lack contrast. The two sentence captions are uneven, sometimes providing commentary and sometimes fact. The choice of animals is puzzling, and there's no pronunciation guide to help with creatures such as "uakari." There's also no indication as to which are monkeys and which are apes. My Home Is Africa presents more familiar animals such as a giraffe, a zebra, and a lion, and the pictures are brighter. However, the captions here are also uneven and misleading with vocabulary and facts that need explanation. There are numerous better animal books for toddlers.Marlene Gawron, Orange County Library, Orlando, FL