Teeth, Tails, and Tentacles: An Animal Counting Book by Christopher Wormell, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Teeth, Tails, and Tentacles: An Animal Counting Book

Teeth, Tails, and Tentacles: An Animal Counting Book

by Christopher Wormell
     
 

With his trademark colorful and compelling images of animals both familiar and exotic, acclaimed British illustrator, Christopher Wormell, brings a uniquely artful point of view to the traditional counting book. Wormell's inventive approach to illustrating the numbers from 1 to 20 highlights intriguing parts, behaviors, or features of specific animals, rather than

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With his trademark colorful and compelling images of animals both familiar and exotic, acclaimed British illustrator, Christopher Wormell, brings a uniquely artful point of view to the traditional counting book. Wormell's inventive approach to illustrating the numbers from 1 to 20 highlights intriguing parts, behaviors, or features of specific animals, rather than simply increasing the numbers of the animals themselves. This new perspective presents an opportunity for further parent-child exploration of the animal-How many legs does the camel have? What color is the ladybug?-in keeping with the current trend toward interdisciplinary education for the very young.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
High Concepts New picture books promote and chicly present educational concepts. In a kind of companion to his The New Alphabet of Animals (PW described the art as "strikingly iconic"), Christopher Wormell uses his bold, lino-cut prints to count animal characteristics in Teeth, Tails, & Tentacles: An Animal Counting Book. From "one rhinoceros horn" to the "20 barnacle shells" on a humpback whale, he hits many of children's favorite inhabitants of land and sea. Brief paragraphs on each creature and an elegantly designed cloth cover complete this handsome presentation. (Aug.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Much more than a simple counting book, this elegantly bound, strikingly illustrated path from 1 (one) to 20 (twenty) not only gives practice in counting in each picture. It also shows a different creature for each number, highlighting specific features of each. A rhino has one horn; the octopus has eight tentacles; and so on to number nineteen crocodile teeth and twenty barnacle shells . . . on one whale. The text opposite the illustrations is just that spare, but at the end of the book there is a paragraph full of information on each critter. Multi-colored lino-cut prints with no fussy details, rich with black, are imaginatively designed to create images that have appeal well beyond the necessary count of body parts. The facing brief text pages are stunning in their choice of a bold typographic style. This is a book to linger over and read again. 2004, Running Press, Ages 4 to 8.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Kirkus Reviews
As the title indicates, here's a variation on the traditional animal counting book: rather than counting multiples of animals, readers are encouraged to counts their parts. Luscious lino-cut prints on creamy, heavy stock take readers full circle, from one rhinoceros horn to 20 barnacles on one humpback whale, with such diversions as eight octopus tentacles, 15 leopard rosettes, and 19 crocodile teeth in between. The counting ranges from easy (five starfish arms) to challenging (17 zebra stripes), but heavy black lines and vivid colors help to prevent frustration and confusion. Each animal is placed in a square frame opposite the number and feature to be counted, one per spread; thumbnails at the back give more-but not too much for the audience-detail on the animals depicted. Purists will cavil that the starfish ought actually to be called a sea star, but that nit aside, this cloth-bound volume is a perfectly gorgeous piece of bookmaking. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780762421008
Publisher:
Running Press Book Publishers
Publication date:
08/09/2004
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
10.38(w) x 10.38(h) x (d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Christopher Wormell is the celebrated English wood engraver whose illustrated books are collected and loved throughout the world. His first children’s book, An Alphabet of Animals, won the prestigious Graphics Prize at the Bologna International Children’s Book Fair and has been reprinted in numerous editions. His other children’s book titles include Mowgli's Brothers, Blue Rabbit and Friends, Blue Rabbit and the Runaway Wheel, Animal Train, Off to the Fair, and George and the Dragon. Wormell lives in London with his wife and three children.

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