The Glow-in-the Dark Book of Animal Skeletons

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this singular book, each of 15 creatures, from a human to a Masai ostrich, from a greater horseshoe bat to a house cat, is depicted in a few informative paragraphs and a dynamically composed illustration (the bald eagle hunts a fish; the giraffe bows its splendid neck to drink from a pool). Turn off the lights, however, and the real excitement begins: every illustration is imprinted with a nontoxic ink that glows in the dark to reveal the animals' skeletons. Simultaneously otherworldly and scientific, the after-dark artwork is an irresistible introduction to zoology. Only Santoro's less-than-striking, army-surplus-paint shades used in the book's cover art and a few spreads bring down an otherwise beguiling effort. A brief index with such intriguing entries as Z-shaped legs (kangaroo) and 'threat posture' (cobra) issues a second invitation to explore Kahney's fact-filled text. Kids will flip over this one. Ages 7-10. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-- This intriguing book offering ``x-ray'' looks at 15 human and animal skeletons will certainly fascinate readers. A discussion of each animal's bone structure accompanies a full-color illustration of the subject with a glow-in-the-dark skeleton applied over it. Size and physical features are included in the discussion, as well as skeletal adaptations. The information is very brief; obviously, the main attraction will be the special effects. It's interesting and fun, but no more than an entertaining introduction. More informative anatomical comparisons are found in Merrill's Skeletons That Fit (Coward, 1978; o.p.) and Dunne and Livaudais's Skeletons (Walker, 1972; o.p.). For a slightly older audience, Parker's Skeleton (Knopf, 1988) has excellent illustrations.-- Cynthia M. Sturgis, Ledding Library, Milwaukee, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679810803
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 8/11/1992
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years

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