The Hidden Bestiary of Marvelous, Mysterious, and (Maybe Even) Magical Creatures

The Hidden Bestiary of Marvelous, Mysterious, and (Maybe Even) Magical Creatures

by Judy Young, Laura Francesca Filippucci
     
 

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Explorer Basil Bernard Barnswhitten (B.B.B.) has a list of creatures he needs to verify for an important report so he visits the Finchhaven Museum of Extraordinary Curiosities, Oddities & Improbabilities. But he finds that one of the glass exhibit cases is damaged - something appears to be missing. Or did it escape? To complete his report, B.B.B. travels around the…  See more details below

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Explorer Basil Bernard Barnswhitten (B.B.B.) has a list of creatures he needs to verify for an important report so he visits the Finchhaven Museum of Extraordinary Curiosities, Oddities & Improbabilities. But he finds that one of the glass exhibit cases is damaged - something appears to be missing. Or did it escape? To complete his report, B.B.B. travels around the world to track down each creature on his list, all the while asking the same three questions: Is it alive? Is it extinct? Did it ever exist? By deciphering the clues in his journal, young explorers can accompany B.B.B. as he tries to locate each mysterious creature. Finding them won't be easy; lushly detailed scenes serve not only as camouflage but also as habitats to other strange and mysterious marvels. In addition to writing children's books, Judy Young teaches poetry writing workshops for children and educators across the country. Her other books with Sleeping Bear Press include the popular R is for Rhyme: A Poetry Alphabet and The Lucky Star. Judy lives near Springfield, Missouri. Laura Francesca Filippucci was born in Milan, Italy, where she graduated in Illustration at the Istituto Europeo di Design. She later specialized in Children's Book Illustration at the School of Visual Arts, New York. She lives in Milan with her family.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Elizabeth Fronk
Basil B. Barnswhitten discovers exotic creatures in his travels throughout the world. For each two-page spread, Basil describes some rare creature particular to a specific place. He starts within the museum and then moves to the skies, the grasslands, the ocean, the air, and the jungle. The pages are beautifully illustrated; the finely detailed drawings with muted colors nicely compliment the various settings and the mystery about these creatures. At the beginning, Basil mentions that his journal entries contain clues about the drawings for these creatures; however in some of the spreads, the creature is nowhere to be found. Perhaps that is the book's intent—since many of these creatures have now become extinct. However, it is confusing not to know if the actual creatures are in the drawings and "hidden" or if the creature Basil mentions is not included at all. A key at the back of the book would have been helpful. Descriptions do appear at the back of the book. Some notes about further reading or the source for the factual information would have helped older readers find additional information. Elementary readers may enjoy the pictures since they have hidden drawings to find but the journal entries may only confuse readers. Reviewer: Elizabeth Fronk
Kirkus Reviews
Reporting in verse on his world-spanning travels, naturalist B.B. Barnswhitten sets out in search of 14 rarely (or never) seen creatures from the golden toad to the Loch Ness Monster. He has no success, but sharp-eyed readers will, as Filippucci hides animals and animal shapes in each lushly detailed land- or seascape's rocks, clouds and foliage. Irritatingly for adults and confusingly for children, the still-extant creatures aren't distinguished from the extinct and imaginary ones until a set of profiles at the end, which provides basic information on habitat, description, behavior, diet and status (extinct, endangered, nonexistent). The light, tongue-in-cheek presentation is at war with such grim entries as the Steller's Sea Cow's: "Extinct, 1768 (only 27 years after being discovered by Steller), due to overhunting for meat and oil." Though the poet sometimes labors-"I searched the night jungle, / I looked high and low, / For the curious parrot, / The strange kakapo . . . "-fans of Graeme Base's Water Hole (2001) and its ilk will enjoy playing "spot the beastie," as long as they aren't in it for the information. (Picture book. 7-9)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781133484707
Publisher:
Sleeping Bear Press
Publication date:
06/25/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
32
File size:
4 MB
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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