Who’s Hiding in the Desert? – illustrated by Katharine McEwen. Nosy Crow, 2020. 9781536217247
Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 4
Format: Board book
Genre: Picture book
What did you like about the book? This introduction to animals of the desert contains a lot of information hidden under over 20 flaps. Each double page spread reveals a habitat: South American desert, North American desert, Australian outback, Middle Eastern oasis and the nighttime North African desert. Readers can lift the flaps to reveal the hidden animals along with some brief facts: “Gray foxes eat almost anything, including insects, rodents, and even seeds and fruit.” Many of the revealed animals are lesser known including viscachas, bilbies, and rock hyraxes. The collage illustrations in desert hues are filled with details. Readers who enjoy lift-the-flap books and who have an interest in habitats and wildlife will find much to enjoy with this book.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? This is a good choice for readers who love nature and animals.
Who should buy this book? Elementary and public libraries
Where would you shelve it? Picture books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? No
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA
Date of review: August 6, 2021