PreS-Gr 3-Cutouts are used throughout this book to provide a partial view of an animal that is initially identified by just a few clues. The turn of a page then reveals full-page photos of the creatures set against black backgrounds. Many of the animals, like the polar bear and the Bengal tiger, will be familiar to children. Others are examples of lesser-known creatures, such as the white-bellied pangolin, the crowned sifaka, and the Indian gharial. Flach shows some animal habitats and also provides fascinating close-ups of feathers, fur, shells, and scales. This book will be enjoyed by young children who will find the guessing game to be engaging. Older kids can spend time independently with the "Who Are We?" section, which explains what makes each animal unique. Although the book's font is regrettably small, the final page of back matter serves as an excellent guide on how to play an effective part in protecting the environment. VERDICT The arresting photographs make this title stand out among books on the topic of endangered animals.-Gloria Koster, formerly at West School, New Canaan, CT
A selection of endangered or threatened creatures play peekaboo with viewers in this vivid gallery of close-up portraits.
Extracted from Endangered, his much larger 2017 coffee-table book for adults, Flach's photographed figures are all riveting—mostly extreme close-ups, all reproduced with knife-edge clarity, and generally posed against flat black backgrounds that make the colors and patterns of feathers, fur, and scales pop. The design is finicky. Portraits, printed hints ("I am a gentle giant with a heart-shaped nose"; "I may be a very big cat, but you won't hear me meow"), the titular refrain, and occasional filler scenes of concealing foliage or further details are all arranged to incorporate either die-cut holes through which the full pictures can be glimpsed or small uncut circles that seem to wish they were die cuts. Still, viewers will likely barely notice the inconsistency, having been brought eye to eye with animals including a panda, a polar bear, an axolotl, a rolled-up white-bellied pangolin, a magisterial Philippine eagle, and other rarities large and small, each of which positively radiates a fierce, expressive presence. Preceding a final page of general advice for planetary caretakers, the animals regather to explain how deforestation, pollution, and other negative human behavior have threatened their continued existence.
Light on specific information but big on visual impact. (Informational novelty. 6-8)