Dogs and Cats (Paperback)

By Steve Jenkins

Houghton Mifflin, 9780547850634, 40pp.

Publication Date: September 11, 2012



"Jenkins has created a book that reaches beyond the mundane and into the spectacular. . . . A treat not to be missed. . . . " --School Library Journal, starred review

This visually stunning, oversize paperback (with French flaps ) is a dog book . . . until you flip it over to make it a cat book. The dog and cat meet in the middle, sharing a cozy rug. Steve Jenkins's cut- and torn-paper collages are exquisite, a fine match for the lively narrative that explores animal characteristics and behaviors as well as the role of cats and dogs in human history. A wonderful, accessible, beautiful way to learn about animal science, and nature from one of the nonfiction greats.

Praise For Dogs and Cats

Jenkins brings his inimitable ability to clearly present scientific information to this uniquely styled flip-book comparison of dogs and cats: readers can start at one end of the book for DOGS and Cats, or flip the whole thing upside-down to read Dogs and CATS, according to preference. . . . All the information is tied directly to behavior and traits readers can observe in pets, making it easy to remember; some redundancies aid this effect without stalling narrative design. Muted cut-paper illustrations effectively showcase the natural lines of muscle and bone in featured animals, conveying texture as well as color and form to create pages that are both scientifically engaging and aesthetically pleasing. Generous formatting allows all this to coexist, uncluttered, leaving enough room for small silhouette illustrations in page corners to earmark subject-related tidbits about the opposite species: readers can compare basic traits without having to shuffle through pages. An inviting, multidimensional introduction to the pets we love.
Horn Book, Starred

A cleanly innovative design allowing interaction between the two parts throughout. Jenkin's usual striking collages of cut and torn paper create his subjects in all their textures. . . . The addition of icons at the bottom of each spread shows the other animal and gives one small, related fact, adding an element of interactivity that both teases and pleases. Sure to see plenty of use.
Kirkus Reviews

Jenkins is a master at presenting facts with style and clarity.
The San Francisco Chronicle

"...a great book for teaching children...[A] little gem...cut and torn paper collage [adds] depth and movement.” The Advocate 7/29/07

The Advocate

"[I]nformation about each is presented in this ingeniously designed release." The Columbus Dispatch 11/18/07 Columbus Dispatch

"Filled with fascinating facts and lovely, lifelike cut-paper collages." SLJ December 2007 School Library Journal