Tooth & Claw: The Wild World of Big Predators

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Lions and tigers and bears . . . and WOLVES—oh, my! Acclaimed nature writer and illustrator Jim Arnosky introduces awe-inspiring wild predators: carnivores that survive by tooth and claw. Follow the huge paw prints of big cats like the African lion and the speedy cheetah; of massive bears like the fierce grizzly; and the gray wolf—forerunner of your own pet dog. One spectacular double gatefold plus two single foldouts present the animals up ...
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Overview

Lions and tigers and bears . . . and WOLVES—oh, my! Acclaimed nature writer and illustrator Jim Arnosky introduces awe-inspiring wild predators: carnivores that survive by tooth and claw. Follow the huge paw prints of big cats like the African lion and the speedy cheetah; of massive bears like the fierce grizzly; and the gray wolf—forerunner of your own pet dog. One spectacular double gatefold plus two single foldouts present the animals up close and lifelike!
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Editorial Reviews

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“Lions and tigers and bears . . . and, well, a bunch of others in this look at some of the biggest animal carnivores on land . . . Lush acrylic paintings and descriptive text depict each predator's physical characteristics, habitat, hunting methods, diet, and special features, with an emphasis on how they contribute to the animal's survival in the wild . . . Four foldouts offer larger images of some of these amazing creatures, while pencil drawings in the margins give readers the feeling that they are turning the pages of Arnosky's sketchbook . . . A great match for children who like their animals extra wild.” —Booklist

 
“Arnosky has been writing and illustrating books on nature and the environment since the 1970s and here focuses his artist's eye on the big predators of the world: lions, tigers, bears (oh my!), several other big cats, and wolves. Full-page, acrylic paintings grace every other page as well as the cover; in addition, four foldouts spill across two pages. The author also includes small, carefully rendered pencil sketches—a typical bear skull or spot patterns on a dappled coat. Arnosky's text is highly personal, including details about how he created the paintings and his experiences tracking mountain lions . . . Included is a list of other titles for readers whose curiosity has been piqued by the brief text and by the author's obvious enthusiasm. This companion volume to Arnosky's dynamic Thunder Birds: Nature's Flying Predators (2012) and Shimmer & Splash: The Sparkling World of Sea Life (2013, both Sterling) is another eye-catching addition to a handsome body of work.” —School Library Journal

 

From the Publisher
Praise for Jim Arnosky:
 
Wild Tracks:
2009 ALA Notable Children's Book
2008 ASPCA® Henry Bergh Children's Book Award winner
2008 School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
“A splendid example of Arnosky's skill at making natural history come alive for young readers.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Arnosky's infectious enthusiasm for nature is evident ... Worthy ... for its inviting format and its promising premise that kids can find tracks, interpret them, and have a great time outdoors.”
School Library Journal, starred review

Slither and Crawl:
A 2009 Parents' Choice Recommended Non-Fiction Books
"Arnosky's painterly eye and personal observations match handsomely in this face-to-face experience …  handsome, informative." -School Library Journal (starred review)
“. . . few children's books can match the work of Jim Arnosky, whose impeccable research, concise writing and magnificently detailed illustrations are some of the components that make what he does so compelling.” —Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
 
Thunder Birds:
Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List 2012-2013
2012 ALA Notable Children's Book
“Elegant in format and artwork, this book will . . . inspire [young readers] to keep their eyes on the sky.” —School Library Journal, starred review

Creep and Flutter:
“Arnosky brings a personal and improvisational feeling to his work . . . [His] inquisitive spirit and gentle prose will likely move readers to take his cue to 'be mindful of the small.'” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

Shimmer and Splash:
“Arnosky's prose is both solidly informational and lyrical . . . His descriptive accounts of his wild adventures-such as photographing sharks by moonlight-are intimate and exciting; his respect for the natural world, contagious.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

School Library Journal
06/01/2014
Gr 2–4—Arnosky has been writing and illustrating books on nature and the environment since the 1970s and here focuses his artist's eye on the big predators of the world: lions, tigers, bears (oh my!), several other big cats, and wolves. Full-page, acrylic paintings grace every other page as well as the cover; in addition, four foldouts spill across two pages. The author also includes small, carefully rendered pencil sketches—a typical bear skull or spot patterns on a dappled coat. Arnosky's text is highly personal, including details about how he created the paintings and his experiences tracking mountain lions. An "Author's Note" explains the sources of his animal portraits (often zoo animals) and urges budding authors and artists to use all the resources available to them in their work. Included is a list of other titles for readers whose curiosity has been piqued by the brief text and by the author's obvious enthusiasm. This companion volume to Arnosky's dynamic Thunder Birds: Nature's Flying Predators (2012) and Shimmer & Splash: The Sparkling World of Sea Life (2013, both Sterling) is another eye-catching addition to a handsome body of work.—Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
Kirkus Reviews
2014-02-26
Powerful acrylic paintings and detailed pencil sketches introduce awe-inspiring predators whose jaws and claws support their carnivorous diets. In this sixth album in a series that began with Wild Tracks (2008), Arnosky presents five species of cats, four types of bears and gray wolves. The naturalist covers size, shape and appearance; where these remarkable creatures live; what and how they eat; and how they hunt for their prey. Each section includes a full-page painting of the animal in the wild opposite a page of conversational explanatory text and smaller, labeled sketches. Four fold-out pages provide the opportunity for even more dramatic spreads: a pride of African lions, two heading toward a herd of zebras; a close-up of a sunlit cheetah contrasted with a leopard hiding in a tree; a threatening grizzly bear's sharp teeth and claws. Pencil sketches show the animals' skulls and sharp shearing teeth, the different spot patterns of jaguars, leopards and cheetahs, and animal tracks. A sketch of an anaconda's skull offers an interesting comparison. Occasionally the author describes a personal experience, though for the most part, he observed these animals in captivity, as readers will. Supporting this appealing introduction are solid suggestions for further reading about most species. Smartly focused on characteristics that will most interest young animal admirers, this is an attractive addition to a popular series. (author's note) (Informational picture book. 6-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402786242
  • Publisher: Sterling Children's Books
  • Publication date: 4/1/2014
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 788,635
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Jim Arnosky
Jim Arnosky is the author/illustrator of more than 100 books for young readers, and has been honored for his overall contribution to literature for children. He received the first lifetime achievement award for Excellence in Science Illustration from the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Washington Post/Children's Book Guild Award for nonfiction. Many of his books have been chosen as ALA Notable Books, including Drawing from Nature (William Morrow & Co.), a Christopher Award-winner, and he has collected numerous starred reviews. His first book for Sterling, Wild Tracks, was a 2008 School Library Journal Best Book of the Year; 2009 ALA Notable; and received starred reviews in Kirkus Reviews and School Library Journal. Jim lives in South Ryegate, VT, but travels all over the US for school and library visits, meeting hundreds of kids every year. Visit jimarnosky.com to learn more.
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