A stunning combination of poems and illustrations celebrating some of Earth’s wildest and most beautiful creatures.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Meade’s woodblock prints, striking dark forms washed in watercolor, have just a hint of humor and capture the powerful wild nature of the creatures as well. The poems are read-aloud gems, and the book is versatile in both audience and potential uses.
—School Library Journal (starred review)
Meade also captures the scorched beauty of the African savanna and the intricacies of jungle foliage. Elliott’s short poems focus on what the illustrations cannot: animal movement (as when the lion shakes his mane) or sounds (as when the wolf howls)…Beautiful and thought-provoking.
Thirteen animals-a worldwide selection-are featured in full-spread woodcut-and-watercolor art. Meade captures both essence and habitat of these favorites.
[Elliott] has a marvelous imagination that, together with Holly Meade’s woodcut-and-watercolor illustrations, gives us a truly fresh angle on the animal kingdom.
At first you might think that the pictures by Holly Meade will be everything: the dark lines of the woodcuts making the various animals stand out vividly. But then you’ll start reading David Elliott’s remarkable poems….a memorable teaming of writer and illustrator.
Dramatic eye grabbing illustrations highlight this book for young readers about an assortment of wild creatures.