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What's Your Favorite Animal?

4.26 of 5 stars 4.26  ·  rating details  ·  296 ratings  ·  84 reviews
Eric Carle
Nick Bruel
Lucy Cousins
Susan Jeffers
Steven Kellogg
Jon Klassen
Tom Lichtenheld
Peter McCarty
Chris Raschka
Peter Sís
Lane Smith
Erin Stead
Rosemary Wells
Mo Willems

Everybody has a favorite animal. Some like little white dogs or big black cats or hoppy brown bunnies best. Others prefer squishy snails or tall giraffes or sleek black panthers. With beautiful illustrations and...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published January 21st 2014 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Colby Sharp
OMG. WOW! This book is amazing. Buy it. Share it. Gift it.
Sweet and lovely! A ton of amazing illustrators illustrate a page with their favorite animal, and write a little snippet about why its their favorite. This would be a great book to use in an elementary school class to talk about different art styles, or favorite animals, or to use as a writing prompt. Unique and magical -- I'm bringing this to schools to book talk before summer reading!
Alex Baugh
There are two ways that children ask the same question. The first way is: "If you could be any animal in the world, what would it be?" And the second way is the much simpler, more direct "what's your favorite animal?"

Well, Eric Carle and 13 of his illustrator friends were always asked the second question, and this is the book their answers became. And what an absolutely enchanting book it is. In a two page spread, each artist illustrates his favorite animal and tells why it has achieved favorite...more
Denis Vukosav
“What's Your Favorite Animal?” made by 14 well-known children's book artists is an entertaining anthology in which authors talk about and draw their favorite animals.

Eric Carle has assembled an excellent team of worldwide known authors that includes names such as Jon Klassen, Steven Kellogg, Lane Smith, Nick Bruel and others including Carle himself, while all the royalties from book sale are planned to be donated to the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.

Each author started with the premise t...more
Kathryn (Nine Pages)
Originally published on my blog, Nine Pages.

As a student and lover of children’s literature, I personally loved this book. Some of the illustrations in this are amazing. A lot of the memoirs are truly sweet and endear readers towards either the animal or the author. Some of the poetry was humorous. The book provided an interesting view into the minds and lives of some of my favorite illustrators. The kids at my story hour were less enthralled. I knew more of the illustrators than they did (many...more
A short, fun picture book anthology in which 14 children's book artists talk about - and illustrate - their favorite animals. A nice mix of writing styles and art media. Also, royalties from the sale of the book will go to the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.
A perfect introduction to 14 of today's best illustrators of children's books, this title includes a two-page spread from each contributor. All of the artists have drawn their own favorite animal and shared reasons for their affection for those animals. Back matter includes thumbnail sketches of all the contributors alongside photos of them in their younger days. Many of the photos feature the would-be artists with animals. This one is perfect for sharing with young readers or for students in ch...more
Eric Carle has put together a collection about favorite animals. He contributed the first, but then he has other authors (Lane Smith, Peter Sis, Rosemary Wells, Mo Willems, Nick Brunel, Lucy Cousins, Susan Jeffers, Steven Kellogg, Jon Klassen, Tom Lichtenheld, Peter McCarty, and Chris Raschka). Each author contributed a page - both the writing and the art. This is a great book for would be writers or students who want to know how to express an idea well. I remember students who, when asked what...more
An outstanding collection from some of the world's best children's book illustrators--each one featured in a two-page spread. Brief bios about each artist in the back. Proceeds go to support the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.
There is a pleasure in looking at illustrations, why I adore picture books so much. The story in words is fascinating, and added to so beautifully by illustrators. I hope someday to visit the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. Just to visit the museum’s web page is a delight! In this book, Eric has invited “friends” (illustrators) to share their favorite animals, in words and of course in pictures too. It is a wonderful book to read and see, filled with double-spread pages for study of a fav...more
Bambini Travel
Award-winning author/illustrator and founder of The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Eric Carle has collaborated with a group of illustrators to great this fantastic book. Everyone has a favorite animal and each of these artists uses a two page spread to write and illustrate about their favorite. From the minimalist illustrations of Jon Klassen to the dreamy illustrations of Peter Sis and the bright colors of Lucy Cousins, a wide variety of favorites are included. The results are diverse,...more
I LOVED this compilation of children's artists' favorite animals! Some are funny, some are touching, and some are outlandish. All are wonderful. I'm going to use it for an upcoming memoir unit. I'm confident my students will want to write about memories of their favorite pets. This copy came from the library, but I'll purchasing my own. It's definitely one you'll want for your classroom library. It would make a great gift book, also. Mini-biographies of the artists are at the end. All royalties...more
Well known illustrators of children's picture books answer the question posed in the book's title. Each artist shares a brief memory or though about the animal and creates an illustration of their favorite creature in their own distinctive styles.

I liked the variety and the many artistic styles put to work here. A two page spread advertising the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art ends the book.

The only thing that disappointed me was that the creature on the front wasn't pieced together by th...more
The Styling Librarian
What’s Your Favorite Animal – Eric Carle and Friends – Nick Bruel, Lucy Cousins, Susan Jeffers, Steven Kellogg, Jon Klassen, Tom Lichtenheld, Peter McCarty, Chris Raschka, Peter Sis, Lane Smith, Erin Stead, Rosemary Wells, Mo Willems – my favorite collaborative book of the year. Wow. Loved reading the personal, sometimes humorous stories by each of these illustrators and loved the different favorite animals that were in this book. I enjoyed seeing what illustrators my son recognized, only a few...more
I think this is mostly a lot of fun for grown up fans of picture book creators (counting myself among those fans!). But I could also see it being used in a classroom or as a jumping off point for a child's own creativity ... ask them what their favorite animal is and why, maybe have them write a little bio or background story too just like in the book. Art students could identify and discuss the different techniques used in the book and also create their own "pages". Could also be used in childr...more
A remarkable collection of illustrations by 14 beloved contemporary artists in children's literature. Each artist answers the question, "What's Your Favorite Animal?", with a unique double page illustrated response. I appreciated each artist's signature piece especially Nick Bruel's metafiction, Mo Willems' humor, and Peter Sis' sentiment. Royalties from this book will benefit the wonderful Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA. I had the opportunity recently to visit the museum a...more
I am not as well-versed as I would like to be in the recent history of picture books, so I cannot definitively say whether this anthology is truly ground-breaking. But if there ever was a revolutionary anthology, it would be What’s Your Favorite Animal?, which brings illustration, storytelling and multiple authors together in a sublimely wonderful way.

Firstly, the premise. What’s your favourite animal? is such a ubiquitous, accessible question that it’s the perfect venue for each illustrator to...more
Addison Children
Feb 18, 2014 Addison Children rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Elementary teachers for a read aloud
Shelves: picture-books
Each of 14 popular children’s author/illustrators get a two page spread to write and illustrate his or her favorite animal. I think it may be a little long (and not at all plot driven) for the preschool set, but absolutely lovely for first to third grade, maybe even older, as part of an author study. A great read aloud for elementary grades. Includes very brief author biographies on the final spread. Check it out.
Mrs. Knott
I loved this collection by Eric Carle. I loved seeing the different authors/illustrators write about their favorite animals in their own style - whether it be a story from their heart, a humorous story or one that is told in their favorite style (poems, verse). Each author also illustrated their favorite animal and I loved seeing their artwork match their story.
Darcie Caswell
Various children's author/illustrators describe and draw their favorite animals. The text is more appropriate for ages 8-12, but the book could be used with younger children, just focusing on the wonderful illustrations and variety of artistic styles. Great for lessons on different artistic styles and how artists interpret the world in various ways.
Jillian Heise
Lovely book! What a surprise. Interesting to see how author/illustrators address the same question in so many different ways, both visually and with text. I could see this being a fabulous inspiration to create a classroom collaboration book around a single question. I may just have to use it for that purpose and let the creativity flow.
These "a contribution from lots of artists" books don't always work in my eyes, but this one is great. Famous picture book artists share a small anecdote and illustration of their favorite animal, resulting in a wonderful collection that could be dipped into for readaloud or even used for a study of different art techniques.
Lots of great children's authors/illustrators answer that timeless question, "What's your favorite animal?" in this book. It was really fun to read all these authors answers and look at their pictures. I also learned a little about The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, which is now on my bucket list.
Marathon County Public Library MCPL
This book is a wonderful compilation of artwork depicting the favorite animals of famous children’s authors and illustrators. Of course it’s no surprise that Nick Bruel’s favorite is the infamous Bad Kitty; but wait a minute, oh no, I think it really is octopuses; sorry Bad Kitty. Beautiful artwork by well-known children’s illustrators including Lucy Cousins, Susan Jeffers, Jon Klassen, Mo Willems, Chris Raschka and of course Eric Carle make this book a beautiful feast for the eyes. Not to be mi...more
Fourteen children's book author/illustrators answer the question "What is your favorite animal?" In both words and pictures. The format for answering was obviously left up to the responder, because each answer is unique in format and approach. This would make a great mentor text for primary students. Children will love identifying the art styles of illustrators with which they are familiar.

As long as you are not expecting an Eric Carle picture book, there is much to enjoy here!
Another great book for students to discuss different illustrator's styles. Each style is very distinct. How does it complement the writing? Why do you think they chose this style? There is information in the back about each illustrator, accompanied by a childhood picture.
Karen Arendt
I love, love, love this book! What could be better than a collection of favorite illustrators talking about their favorite animals- from cows, to octopus, to elephants! Each illustration is done by the illustrator, they also write their own text. This is a treasure !
Famous picture book artists share a small anecdote and illustration of their favorite animal, resulting in a wonderful collection... - Becky, Youth Services

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Eric Carle and many other well-known illustrators offer their personal favorite animals complete with a short piece about what animal they love and why. Turning the pages is rather like visiting a gallery of some of the top picture book illustrators working today. Turn the page and see Lane Smith’s choice of elephant, then Jon Klassen’s ode to his love for ducks, and Susan Jeffer’s beautiful look at horses. This work is fantastically lovely and personal to the illustrators. It is a pleasure to t...more
Amy Rae
The art is darling and the favourite animal explanations are sweet (Peter Sis' carp story ought to be a book in its own right), but it seems like a book destined to serve as an all-ages coffee table book. And I just don't have much use for those.
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Eric Carle (born June 25, 1929) is a children's book author and illustrator, most famous for his book The Very Hungry Caterpillar, which has been translated into over 30 languages. Since The Very Hungry Caterpillar was published in 1969, Eric Carle has illustrated more than seventy books, many best sellers, most of which he also wrote, and more than 71 million copies of his books have sold around...more
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