Format: Board book
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
What did you like about the book? When I was reading through these books all I kept thinking about was that they would be a huge success at a toddler story time. When first opened, the book asks a question about a particular feature of an animal and then we see a glimpse of that animal (this is the fun part because it gives children an opportunity to guess). Then the page is turned and we see a full spread of the animal in its natural environment. Each book focuses on different features such as horns, coats, scales, and wings. However, these are shown in more detail than maybe most people would observe. Some examples include the clear wings of the dragonfly, the hairy scales of an armadillo, the slick coat of an otter, and the ridged horns of a gazelle. I could even see there being further discussion as to what other animals have stripes on their fur, colorful scales, or bright wings.
The photographs also show a little of where this animal lives and that can open up discussion on why they need that particular feature — slick coat on an otter that lives in water.
Anything you didn’t like about it? Nothing really but there were a few animals that might not be as common to children — alpine ibex, markhor and the pangolin. However, the features on these animals can be found on some more common animals so that might be something to talk about while reading these books.
To whom would you recommend this book? Perfect for children between the ages of one and three.
Who should buy this book? Public libraries, preschools, daycare centers, anyone who works with children between the ages of one and three.
Where would you shelve it? Board books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes, any book that has kids guessing in a huge hit.
Reviewer Kristin Guay, former youth librarian
Date of review: July 19, 2019