Dan Tavis’s humorous illustrations crank up the delight, and a child wanting to learn more will find it in the natural-history backmatter. Pat Brisson employs a variety of verse forms in the book, and she shows how it’s done in a back-of-book feature called “A Peek into the Poet’s Toolkit.”
Common Critters is a three-tool STEAM book with delightful reading, natural history, and language skills rolled into one.
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About the Author
Dan Tavis (Dunbarton, New Hampshire) began doodling in his first math class in elementary school and was inspired to paint upon discovering Bill Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes comic strip. Watterson’s work remains a major influence. Dan is the illustrator of Common Critters (Tilbury House, 2020), The Whale Fall Café (Tilbury House, 2021), and the forthcoming Fluffy McWhiskers and the Cuteness Explosion (Simon and Schuster, October 2021) and has a passion to illustrate characters that emotionally connect with the viewer and tell stories through visual narrative. Dan creates illustrations with watercolor, ink, and digital media.