Format: Hardcover/picture book
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 2
What did you like about the book? The vibrant illustrations were imaginative and are accompanied by details on each animal including facts and fun comments to entertain the kids.
Anything you did not like about the book? The translation on this book left the language feeling awkward. The pictures look like they are meant for younger children (3-6 years old), but the words are so long and often unusual that it really shifts the age closer to 10-12 year olds. My kids have good vocabularies, but I still had to stop (probably on every page, sometimes multiple times) to explain some of the words to them. The phrase “gird your loins” seems out of place in a children’s picture book and one animal is captioned in large letters “lizard from Hell” which I chose not to read to my children. Also, I found the font difficult to read, especially the headings. Each chapter has a lead in, which seems wordy and out of place.
To whom would you recommend this book? Children 8-10 years old with a good vocabulary and who like vibrant, imaginative pictures.
Who should buy this book? I really think this needs to go back to the publisher before I can
Where would you shelve it? nonfiction picture books
Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? no
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Vicky Deneault, Athol Public Library, Athol, MA
Date of review: 5/4/2021