Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Book review: Curious Critters

We're city dwellers, so my kids don't get many opportunities to get out in nature and see animals. So I was happy when the kids got a wonderful new book that introduced them to a lot of new creatures, a book called Curious Critters. Here's a bit about this book:

In his children's picture book CURIOUS CRITTERS (November 2011, Wild Iris Publishing, hardcover, ages 4-8) photographer David FitzSimmons turns his camera on a variety of animals common throughout North America. CURIOUS CRITTERS presents stunning images of everyday animals, including a red flat bark beetle, an Eastern spiny softshell turtle, a spotted salamander, and many other intriguing creatures. Each Curious Critter is photographed against a white backdrop, showcasing the animals' colors, textures, and shapes with precision and clarity. Along with each photo is a vignette, told from the critter's perspective, that educates and entertains. For example, a bush katydid explains her bubblegum-pink color, a poetic opossum opines upon her often-shortened name, and a far-from-modest black swallowtail butterfly lets readers in on her secret for avoiding predators.
Ethan and Vivian are both really enjoying this book. I have found them repeatedly sitting on the floor, turning the pages of the book and looking at all the animals. It's also a fun book to read together. Each page has gorgeous, up-close-and-personal photos of an animal, along with a brief introduction to that animal coming from the animal. I really like this way of sharing information about the animals, it's fun and casual and still educational.  At the back of the book, there's a bit more information about each animal, as well as a glossary. 

I do want to mention that this is not a book of cute, cuddly creatures, and the pictures are very detailed. You really feel like you can reach out and touch them. This did give me a bit of a jolt with the snake picture and the jumping spider, since I'm a little phobic, but I just read those pages quickly and moved on :)

Curious Critters will be available in early November.  If you'd like to virtually read part of the book, you can do so at this link. This is a great book, and if there's a young animal lover in your life, this would be a great book to get for them.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book to review for myself. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.