Houghton Mifflin, Hardcover, 9780618708970, 32pp.
Publication Date: September 10, 2007
"The phraseology is immediate and inviting...filled with lively, digestible tidbits...This will easily lure browsers in a range of ages..." The Bulletin 9/2007
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Jenkins once again astounds...the combination of easy-to-understand language and gorgeous illustrations makes this a prime choice for any young animal enthusiast's collection."--PW Starred, 7/16/07 Publishers Weekly, Starred
"Another amazing work by a master illustrator." SLJ Starred 10/2007 School Library Journal, Starred
It's difficult to imagine a science topic better suited to picture-book form than this one, which offers a pageant of the most stunning, vividly hued creatures on the planet. ...From the pink fairy armadillo to the purple deep-sea dragonfish, readers will be fascinated by the panoply of critters that often seem the stuff of fairy lore, and educators will applaud the clever concept of presenting survivaladaptations as a biological fashion show.
Color becomes the organizing factor in this new exploration of the quirks of the animal world. Jenkins’s design, always striking, reaches the heights of inspiration with this offering... guaranteed to be a browser’s delight Kirkus Reviews
The book’s real highlight, though, is Jenkins’s cut-paper collage: his animals are dazzling -- vibrantly colored and detailed. For each of the featured animals, further information -- size, habitat, and diet, among other facts -- is provided in the end matter. There Jenkins also answers questions like How is animal color created?” That’s a godsend, because it’s definitely the sort of thing curious young readers will ask" Horn Book
"The illustrations are done in Jenkins' signature medium...richly colored and brilliantly designed. This is a grow-with-me book." Tampa Tribune 11/18/07 Tampa Tribune
"Jenkins blends his trademark collage illustrations with snappy facts." The Washington Post 12/08/07 The Washington Post
"A terrific book for elementary schoolers." Providence Journal 12/11/07 Providence Journal