Renowned picture book creators Nicola Davies and Petr Horácek team up for a captivating first look at animals around the world.
Polar bears playing on the ice, tigers hunting in the jungle, and nightingales singing in the heart of the woods — animals are everywhere. In a remarkable collection of poems, children’s author Nicola Davies shares keen observations on wildlife around the world. Sometimes lyrical and sometimes humorous, the poems reveal fascinating facts about animals of every color, shape, size, and origin, from giant blue whales to bats as tiny as bumblebees. Lively, colorful illustrations by Petr Horácek reveal the vast beauty and variety of the animal world in this essential introduction, perfect for even the youngest amateur zoologists.
Paintings, poetry, and lyrical prose celebrate animals of all sorts…Horácek uses a variety of materials including wax crayon, acrylic and watercolor paints, and cutouts. The vibrant color and texture may remind some of the work of Brian Wildsmith. Each section ends with a spread of fast facts: characteristics of different animal groups; spots and stripes; parasites; eggs; and animals using tools. A treasure for readers of any age who delight in the natural world. —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Davies and Horacek offer a striking poetic and visual tribute to the animal world. —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
The book’s generous size and heavy, glossy pages provide an excellent showcase for the mixed-media artwork. The very large, colorful illustrations are impressive, and Horáek uses the space well, offering striking images of many species…Kids intrigued by animals will enjoy the art while absorbing some information along the way. —Booklist
At first glance, this oversize volume is extraordinarily eye-catching…Each lyric may lead kids to seek out more information, and teachers could use the book with older students to demonstrate how poetry can convey information. —School Library Journal