Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Jumping Penguins by Jesse Goossens - OPTIONAL

Goossens, Jesse Jumping Penguins Illustrated by Marije Tolman  Lemniscaat, 2013.  $19.95  PICTURE BOOK  Content: G.  

This is a book full of random animal facts.  The facts are interesting such as, giraffes have no vocal chords, but some are disgusting like a caterpillar throws its poop to get wasps to leave it alone.  There are only a sentence or two on some animals, others have a paragraph or two.

This is not a comprehensive look at animals, but a bunch of random and interesting facts.  The illustrations are whimsical and not scientific.  The colors are pastel and light, except there are a few pages that show animals eating bloody meat which is not consistent with the style.  The facts are fascinating and I find myself spouting them off randomly to my family, which would make the book advisable, but the pictures and facts feels disjointed.  Overall, it’s an interesting blend of styles-scientific fact with fantastical drawings.  

EL (K-3)-OPTIONAL.  Reviewer, C. Peterson.

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