Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Never Smile at a Monkey*

Never Smile at a Monkey *and 17 Other Important Things to Remember by Steve Jenkins is a great non-fiction animal book focusing on things that shouldn't be done around various wild animals. For example, it's a bad idea to harass a hippo or antagonize an African buffalo or swim with a squid. Each page's white background features an animal illustrated with collage art and accompanying text explaining why a certain behavior isn't a good idea. At book's end there is a more detailed explanation about the animal and behavior they may find upsetting. I have seen this format now many times, and rather enjoy the additional information that is given for those readers who are able to handle a more in-depth version.

My oldest daughter was quite happy reading this book last night, fascinated by the different interesting facts she was picking up. I think this will be a title most kids will enjoy - for the illustrations, animal information, and the interesting tidbits each page provides.
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