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What's Your Favorite Animal?

4.24 of 5 stars 4.24  ·  rating details  ·  359 ratings  ·  98 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
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.
This would be a great basis for a library program or a classroom project! Each illustrator in the anthology has chosen his or her favorite animal, illustrated it, and written a short paragraph or poem about the animal. It's so wonderful to see each author's approach; Nick Bruel, for example, chooses to write about the octopus, but Bad Kitty has something to say about that! Susan Jeffers writes about her childhood love of horses and how it shaped her relationship with her sister. Peter Sis choose ...more
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
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!
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
The Literacy Advocate

This book is a visually striking, imaginative anthology in which fourteen beloved author/illustrators of children's picture books chose their favorite animals, explained why they love them, and drew them in their signature style. This picture book is a feast for the eye and the heart, as the love and joy each author has for his or her animal pops from each page. Beautiful colors, large illustrations and lovely captions, all in each author/illustrator's sig
I thought this would just be a book with a few animals, all by Eric Carle. I didn't look at the cover to notice all the other names associated with picture books. And THEY are the ones who contributed illustrations and text about their favorite animals. I loved it! And I loved their bios + pics in the back. AND then I learned about The Carle museum, and I must add that to my bucket list. Especially love that the contributors include favorites from my childhood (Wells and Kellogg and even L. Smit ...more
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
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
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
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.
Outstanding! Highly recommended. A beautiful, inspiring, imaginative work of love -- love for art, animals, family, childhood... Great way to show children the variety in artistic expression, different perspectives and backgrounds, ways and reasons for expression. A joy!
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
Dec 24, 2014 June rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: animal requests
Recommended to June by:
As a cat person Carle's introductory story pulled me right in. Sis's is quite touching. Bruel's story had me laughing out loud. Kellog's is sweet. A great introduction to a variety of animals and to the authors and/or illustrators.
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
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
A lovely anthology of various artists' favorite animals (illustrated by the artist him or herself). Thus, the artistic styles vary widely throughout the book, some showing wild imagination and others showing a signature technique. Much as The Mysteries of Harris Burdick is often used to stimulate creative writing assignments, this book could be used to inspire children to draw and create.

Backmatter includes bios of the artists along with pictures of them as children.
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
Maggie KutsBorg
Fourteen illustrators answer the question "What's your favorite animal?" with a picture and description. The only bad thing is the cover, which is kind of boring and weird, despite being drawn by Eric Carle. Some of the art is really meticulous and incredible, and some of it seems a bit phoned in (looking at you, Mo Willems' crayon doodle). But either way, the art reflects the unique styles of the artist and it's a real treat to see them all in one place. I also really enjoyed how the text descr ...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
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.
"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 charming personal stories, 14 children's book artists share their favorite animals and why they love them."-- Provided by publisher.
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.
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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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