As the title suggests, Where’s the Elephant? opens with an invitation to look for an elephant, a snake and a parrot that have been cleverly hidden in the bright, inviting jungle spreads.
An old pine tree is downcast when he realizes that, after being repeatedly passed over every year, he has become too overgrown to be anyone’s Christmas tree.
When Mr. Squirrel is woken up by something falling on his tree, he’s shocked to find the big, round, yellow moon (which looks suspiciously like a giant wheel of cheese) on a branch.
Ambitiously pitched as a natural history museum in a book, Animalium astutely focuses on the kingdom Animalia, offering an upclose look at more than 200 specimens that are neatly organised into six sections or ‘galleries’ — namely, invertebrates, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals — which makes the hefty tome surprisingly easy to navigate.
For one little girl, a trip to the zoo turns out more ‘interactive’ than planned when, one by one, the animals approach her to procure various oddjects for them (yes, the animals can talk and they are pretty persuasive too!).
In this wildly entertaining counting book, animal camouflage is the name of the game while the oblivious lone hunter (1 Hunter) stalking through the jungle wielding a menacing rifle becomes a running joke of sorts — in fact it soon becomes unclear who’s doing the hunting, after all!
Gianna Marino‘s stunning gouache art takes centre stage in this almost-wordless seek-and-find counting book set in the barnyard. Designed for slightly older kids, the reader should have no trouble using his/her own observation and deduction skills to drive the simple but amusing storyline in this book, where every turn of the page sees not only the introduction of a new animal around the water trough where all the action takes place, but also more and more animals, i.e. one flea, two cows, three horses, five sheep, etc. Continue reading
According to a certain bossy, know-it-all cat, the hapless frog in this story ought to sit on a log (never mind that it’s nobbly and splintery). Meanwhile, he is himself self-righteously perched on a relatively more comfortable (un)welcome mat. In fact, if he has his way, gophers and hares will get to rest easy on sofas and chairs, while lions and storks have it much rougher (read: OUCH)!
As one can surmise from the cover, this quirky book counts up to 20 and features that many types of animals, with some — for example cats, bears and birds — being further represented by a variety of species.