This arresting tour through a Malaysian rain forest is most notable for its spectacular illustrations. Photorealistic scenes, created with pencil and oil paint, are dense with detail. Most appear in grayscale but full color is also deployed, its impact all the greater for the contrast it creates with its monochrome counterparts. . . Readers will absorb the fact-laden text with ease. . . and come away with a genuine appreciation of these unique habitats.
—Booklist (starred review)
The illustrator’s photorealistic art completely steals the show. . . . breathtaking.
This book is a rare find: a great nonfiction book that is also a perfect choice for a read-aloud. The conversational prose reads like the author is guiding you on a walk through the Taman Negara rain forest in Malaysia. As you turn the pages the text guides you to notice the sights and sounds of the animals and plants depicted in the immersive and detailed illustrations.
—School Library Connection
Considering the forest here is the Taman Negara tropical rainforest in Malaysia, the titular walk promises to be an intriguing one. . . Jenkins’ easy, conversational tone, and White’s stunningly photorealistic paint and pencil mise en scène transform the shadowy, unfamiliar rainforest into an inviting milieu—wondrous but not too mysterious for a primary schooler to begin to grasp.
—The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
This rare picture book is both an evocative read-aloud and an intriguing visual journey that invites repeated looks.
—The Virginian Pilot