Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books


Spring 2000 Picture Books
Ages: 6 & Up
Author: Douglas Florian
Illustrator: Douglas Florian
Publisher: Harcourt, Inc.
ISBN: 0-15-202167-1
Hardcover Price: $16.00
For a child with a sophisticated vocabulary and a love of words, mammalabilia provides 21 clever rhymed verses about a variety of animals, some familiar and others exotic. Florian's full-page paintings, arresting and impressionistic, often have the drawback of not giving a clear picture of what the animal really looks like. Thus, his aardvark might well be a donkey, his fox a pussycat. But his gorilla couldn't be better, and the verse that accompanies its portrait - "A gentle giant/ Blessed with grace.../ It's stilla/ Gorilla - / Don't get in its face" - is among Florian's best. For those who loved his insectlopedia, jaunty verses about bugs, this sequel will be greeted with joy.
Selma G. Lanes   ©2000 Parents' Choice

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