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—Kirkus Reviews, August 1, 2012
“Bursting with her signature bold color and textured pulp paintings, Fleming’s latest tour de force affords an immersion into the backyard world below our feet. Economical and descriptive, the rhythmic text pairs with cross-section illustrations of the myriad creatures that burrow, dig, and funnel their way underneath the earth’s surface. Revealed amid the nests and tunnels, too, are other (and oft amusing) forms of subterranean deposits: seeds, root vegetables, old tools, keys, dog bones. Young readers will spot a connecting narrative arc in the artwork as a young boy helps plant and water a new cherry tree. An illustrated “Creature Identification” index is appended, offering concise information about the underground habits of the wildlife. A first-rate picture book on every level and made-to-order for group sharing, this title reveals the fascinating “squirm-ways and worm-ways” found in the natural world.”
—School Library Journal, August 2012
“Fleming invites youngsters to observe underground creatures, large and small, as well as their tunnels, burrows, food sources, and activities…while the few words on the pages may compel readers to flip quickly through the book, the gorgeous images invite lingering contemplation. Fleming’s pulp-painting collage illustrations are rich with texture and color: soft green leaves, fuzzy white roots, and grainy brown soil. The pages hum with life and activity…. Kids who spend time with this book will want to get their hands dirty to investigate for themselves what life is like for these fascinating underground creatures.”
—Horn Book Magazine, September/October 2012
I ordered this to share with my grandchildren, who love the outdoors. I've decided it would be more appropriate in the spring when the earth is waking up so will save it for Easter. I love the handmade paper collage artwork but was a little disappointed in the underground itself. The paper is darker and there isn't enough contrast so children will have to look closer to appreciate the details. The text is enjoyable and easy to read. I compared it to another picture book Deep Down Underground which has a lighter touch in its illustrations.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.