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mammalabilia by Douglas Florian
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Mar 06, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: poetry, picture-books
Read from March 06 to 07, 2010

This themed collection of short animal poems is recommended for students in grades K-3 and has won the New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books (2000). In this book, twenty-one short, original poems and splendid paintings celebrate and mock a variety of animals.

These 21 short animal verse poems are light, whimsical, fun, and will bring lots of laughter. Many of the lines within many of the poems are humorous one liners and poke fun at animals from giraffes to porcupines. One example is "Some people wear fur coats of lynx. / I/ think/ that/ stynx." The illustrations are gouache paintings on brown paper bags and are full of textures, various designs, and uniqueness. The artwork has childlike qualities, but are not simplistic as they are animal portraits that are appropriate, cleaver, and unique. The text and illustrations work well together as they both are cleaver and have the intension of poking fun at various animals. This book of short animal poems is sure to be a delight for animal enthusiasts and poetry lovers alike.
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message 1: by Samantha (new)

Samantha The illustrations sound amazing. Are they more powerful that the written text? It sounds like they could overpower the more simplified poems.

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