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Each spread in this dramatically oversized book displays 30 or more different animals in thought-provoking thematic groupings: Large and Small, Hot Weather, Cold Weather, Feathered, Horned, Spots and Stripes, Friends of Mankind, and so forth. The illustrations are robust, graphic prints that will catch the eye--and the large selection of over 350 different species will make absorbing reading. Includes four pages of informational notes.

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Overview

Each spread in this dramatically oversized book displays 30 or more different animals in thought-provoking thematic groupings: Large and Small, Hot Weather, Cold Weather, Feathered, Horned, Spots and Stripes, Friends of Mankind, and so forth. The illustrations are robust, graphic prints that will catch the eye--and the large selection of over 350 different species will make absorbing reading. Includes four pages of informational notes.

Brief text and illustrations introduce over three hundred animals, from aardvark to zebu.

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Editorial Reviews

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Publishers Weekly Starred Review

With its imposing trim size (nearly 13" 18"), this striking volume is almost literally a book to get lost in. Jolivet (Alphablock) matches the grandeur of the scale with large, dramatic illustrations of animals, insects and the like, at least 30 per spread, for a total exceeding 350 species. Working with a zoology consultant from the French National Museum of Natural History, the artist (who is French) groups the creatures by a stimulating variety of themes: natural habitat ("Hot"; "Cold"; "Freshwater"; "In the seas"), appearance ("Feathered"; "Horned"), size ("Large and small"), etc. These categories appear in modest type at the bottom right-hand corner of each spread, inviting readers to find for themselves what the assembled birds and beasts have in common. Jolivet also encourages close scrutiny by challenging kids to find the chameleon (yes, it changes color) planted in each spread. But even without these extra incentives, the audience will almost certainly want to scrutinize the art. Rendered in harmonious combinations of strong, vibrant colors, thickly outlined, the illustrations look like woodcuts, dazzlingly printed on soft yellow ground in dynamic arrangements. The name of each species is set in thin type, curving to mirror the angle of, say, the giraffe's neck or the head of a triggerfish. Four pages of endmatter index the represented species and supply additional information about each. Big as this book is, it will more likely whet than sate readers' appetites.

Booklist

A teeming zoo of creatures swims, flies, and stampedes through the nearly two-foot-tall pages of this beautifully illustrated French import. There are few words and no story. Instead, Jolivet groups her animals loosely into sometimes rhyming categories related to habitats, habits, or appearance: "In the Trees, "In the Seas, "At Night," "Spots and Stripes," and so on. Rendered in bright colors and in the bold, clean lines and graphic contrasts of linoleum cuts, the animals appear in chaotic spreads that may be more decorative than instructive. But the book's magnificent size and diversity of animals make a powerful visual impact that will easily attract preschoolers to the expansive pages, where they'll point to the animals they know and discover a world of new species. Browsers will also like the hide-and-seek game offered by a hidden chameleon on each page. An appendix, printed in tiny type, offers one or two facts about each of the many animals featured in the book. An unusual, and unusually handsome, offering.

School Library Journal

Jolivet presents striking, oversized panoramas of living creatures from all corners of the globe. The animals appear in eclectic groups such as "underground," "at night," or "black and white" rather than more conventional divisions. The resulting patterns reveal the variety yet interconnectedness of the living world. Younger children will enjoy hunting for the chameleon that can be found on each spread, which may be challenging since it changes color and posture from page to page. Adults may consult the four pages of notes written in small type at book's end to learn a fact or two about each animal. However, the text is really a supplement to the splendid illustrations. Besides its attraction for browsers and its potential as an attention-getting introduction to studies about animals, the book could serve as a stimulus for students working on graphic-design projects. Consequently, the audience for this lovely volume may extend well beyond the primary grades.

Publishers Weekly
With its imposing trim size (nearly 13" 18"), this striking volume is almost literally a book to get lost in. Jolivet (Alphablock) matches the grandeur of the scale with large, dramatic illustrations of animals, insects and the like, at least 30 per spread, for a total exceeding 350 species. Working with a zoology consultant from the French National Museum of Natural History, the artist (who is French) groups the creatures by a stimulating variety of themes: natural habitat ("Hot"; "Cold"; "Freshwater"; "In the seas"), appearance ("Feathered"; "Horned"), size ("Large and small"), etc. These categories appear in modest type at the bottom right-hand corner of each spread, inviting readers to find for themselves what the assembled birds and beasts have in common. Jolivet also encourages close scrutiny by challenging kids to find the chameleon (yes, it changes color) planted in each spread. But even without these extra incentives, the audience will almost certainly want to scrutinize the art. Rendered in harmonious combinations of strong, vibrant colors, thickly outlined, the illustrations look like woodcuts, dazzlingly printed on soft yellow ground in dynamic arrangements. The name of each species is set in thin type, curving to mirror the angle of, say, the giraffe's neck or the head of a triggerfish. Four pages of endmatter index the represented species and supply additional information about each. Big as this book is, it will more likely whet than sate readers' appetites. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
In this oversized animal book (12 3/4 x 17 3/4 inches), kids will meet an incredible variety of animals. The approach is interesting. It groups animals by certain characteristics. For example, it opens with the word "hot" on a spread and then the pages are filled with animals that you would find in a hot climate—iguana, meerkat, lion, dromedary and so on. Each animal is recognizable and outlined in black with a colored wash—while not photographic in representation, the distinguishing features of each animal are clearly highlighted be it color, spots, stripes, or shape and each is labeled should there be any doubt. The scenes change and kids meet animals that like cold weather, are feathered, have horns, live in freshwater, trees, seas, on the seabed floor, are active at night and are black and white. It is an arrangement that makes you think and more so because the animas do appear in more than one category. The closing pages present an alphabetic list of the animals, a little snippet of information and the page reference(s) where each can be seen. If you are into animal trivia or just plain curious, this is a fascinating book; especially for kids not ready for encyclopedias. Its large size makes it appropriate to put on the floor or a table since it is way to heavy and awkward for small hands. Prepared in consultation with Emanuelle Grundman of the French National Museum of Natural History, kids who subsequently go to zoos or animal parks should have a lot of fun naming the animals they have seen depicted in this book. 2003, Roaring Brook/Millbrook Press, Ages 4 to 8.
— Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-This oversized treasure trove depicts groupings of animals of similar stripes on simply labeled, eminently searchable spreads. The boldly colored graphics are as aesthetically impressive as they are informative. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761318941
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
  • Publication date: 10/3/2003
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 349,268
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 12.50 (w) x 17.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Joelle Jolivet is the author and illustrator of more than a dozen books for children. She lives in Ivry, France.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2007

    My 3 year old will study this book for 1/2 hour!

    This is a wonderful book with great illustrations and organization. The size makes it extra-special for little kids. Every kid who has seen this book wants one for himself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2004

    Fab book for youngsters

    I saw this book in my local Library , my 3 yr old loved it so much that I had to have one of our own. Beautiful pictures of animals in interesting categories; ie nighttime creatures, stripes & spots, animals all around us etc. Big format is great to use as a 'blackboard' --- copy pictures and ask friends

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