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Gone Wild: An Endangered Animal Alphabet

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  1,004 Ratings  ·  194 Reviews
Feast your eyes on these amazing creatures before they disappear. This stampede of wild animals, from Chinese Alligator to Grevy's Zebra, are so rare, they're all endangered. David McLiman's bold and playful illustrations transform each letter into a work of art, graphically rendered with animal characteristics. Scales, horns, even insect wings transform the alphabet into ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 5th 2006 by Walker Childrens
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This is an alphabet book using endangered species as the learning device. While there is much to appreciate and admire in the books construction and artwork, there are also some shortcomings and areas that could be improved upon to make it more child friendly. The end product feels more geared toward adults than to the young children first learning their ABC's. Not surprisingly, this is the authors' first "children's book" as it seems far too sophisticated for children. This clearly is a book me ...more
Beverly Kennett
Feb 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This alphabet book was awarded a Caldecott honor in 2007. It includes the black and white illustrations of endangered animals in the shape of the alphabet letter that the animal's name begins with. The author, David McLimans, uses black and white illustrations to highlight the letter forms within the animal representations. Each page includes an information box that lists 5 descriptive topics about the animal: scientific class, habitat, geographic range, threats, and current species endangered s ...more
Nov 14, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, picture
I quite liked the designs of the letters, but I'm not sure who the intended audience is for this book. It's not suitable for teaching a small child the alphabet, because the letters are confusingly distorted and embellished, and the rest of the text about the animals is pretty advanced. Maybe more for older kids who are interested in animals and, uh... calligraphy?

At the end there is a paragraph with information about each animal. I appreciated this, but wished they had been accompanied by phot
Sep 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Genre: Children’s Book, Alphabet, Informational, Science


Endangered animals are highlighted using each letter of the alphabet as it occurs in their name. Each letter is draw with an incorporation of the animal itself and a small box on each page provides relevant scientific information. A glossary at the end supplies additional information and a host of resources to further explore the animals individually and the issue of saving endangered species.

The illustrations are done in a highly
Nov 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: info-bios
This is an engaging alphabet book featuring endangered animals. The introduction of the book is a must-read! It defines how each animal is rated based on the threat level facing each species: critically endangered, endangered and vulnerable. This vocabulary is useful to readers of any age as they explore endangered animals. More specifically, each page gives bullet-like information about the animals’ class, habitat, range (where they live), threats and the status of their endangerment. This book ...more
Jim Erekson
Feb 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
This minimalist combination of alphabet book and informational book makes interesting use of metonym. The more I looked, the more I appreciated how McLimans used a representative part of the animal to connect to the alphabet letter (most of the time). The red ink illustrations of the whole animal help us notice how this works. The cleanness of each page, with its clear placement of the black illustration and the red vignette for information it is very easy to look at and pay attention to each el ...more
Tameika King
Oct 07, 2013 added it
Shelves: libs-642
A black and white alphabet book that allows children to learn not only the alphabet but different types of endangered species as well.

This book could also be used with elementary children during a unit on endangered species. It features not only the names of the endangered species but their class, habitat, range, threats, and status as well. It could be used to assist younger children with letter recognition of both capital and lower case letters.

I loved this book. I thought it was an interestin
Emily McCracken
Feb 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: a-b-c
Gone Wild: An Endangered Animal Alphabet by David McMilimans was an OK book. McMiliman used animals to shape the different letters which would be great to help children associate letters with words that they see regularly, such as animals. The thought was there and it was creative BUT the animals chosen for the letters were too advanced for elementary aged kids (I did not know what some of the animals were). Some of the animals used would also confuse children. He used Madagascar Tree Boa for th ...more
Mar 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
McLimans has taken the conventional alphabet book and spiced things up by replacing boring old "apple" with "Chinese Alligator." Each animal is then depicted as the letter they represent. This was the only issue I had with the book; a few of the animals, much like the alligator for the letter 'A', are so contorted as to be nearly unrecognizable. But there were only two or three of these where it felt like the author was really pushing it. He does, however, provide a small, stylized picture of th ...more
Oct 30, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: older kids (ages 8+) and adults
Shelves: lis-565
Gone Wild is a starkly simple alphabet book that introduces readers to some of the animals that endanger in extinction. "D" for Blue Duck a native of New Zealand that is endangered because of habitat loss. Each letter is drawn to represent the animal. The latin name, class, habitat, range, threats and status tell a little more about the animal. The illustrations of the letters are creative in how David McLimans chose to depict each animal but it lacks color with black and red being the only colo ...more
Originally I thought this book would be an interesting take on an alphabet book, esp one that has one a Caldecott Honor. I thought it was supposed to be meant as an alphabet book for younger kids, but with the amount of writing and kind of writing (i.e. English name & scientific Latin name for the birds, insects and animals in the book), I would say it could easily be just an informational book for up to grade 7. I found the information on the endangered animals very interesting, though I do ...more
Maria Rowe
• 2007 Caldecott Honor Book •

This is a beautiful, unique book! However, I think adults would appreciate this a lot more than children. Each page lists a letter, an animal in the shape of the letter, and lists the class, habitat, range, threats and status. Sometimes the letter just really doesn't look anything like the animal, and the image feels really forced. Also, I had some minor frustrations with the typography: the name of the animal should have been larger because it gets really lost, and
Sep 18, 2017 rated it did not like it
13. Summary: McLimans, uses the alphabet as a way to learn about endangered species. Each letter is designed to represent an endangered animal. Each page provides a short description of the class, habitat, range, threats and statues of the animal. At the end of the book it provides a more detailed descpription of the animal and resources the reader can use to find more information.

Evaluation: The design of the letters are very creative, but I do not think it is very helpful for a child learning
Ryan Reitz
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
McLimans, D. (2006). Gone Wild: An Endangered Animal Alphabet. New York: Walker & Company.

Category: Science informational.

McLimans does an excellent job of integrating multiple subjects in this book. This book combines reading, the alphabet and animal facts in one engaging picture book. Twenty six different endangered animals are listed for each of the alphabet letters. For example, “A” stands for the Chinese Alligator and each page provides details on their habitats, threats and endangered
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This concept book introduces twenty six animals that are endangered, and classifies each as either vulnerable, endangered, or critically endangered. Each animal represents one letter of the alphabet, and along with a small drawing of the animals there is the class of the animal, their habitat, range, threats, and their status. The illustrations in the book are what really drew me to pick out this book, each letter of the alphabet, depending on the animals it represents is made out of that animal ...more
Sep 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Interesting. Not your typical children's book.

It's an alphabet book. Each letter of the alphabet is in the shape of an animal that is endangered. The text consists of only a description of each animal, the region the animal lives, its endangered status, and the technical and common names. All in black and white.
Ashley Biles
McLimans, D. (2016) Gone wild. New York: Bloomsbury USA Childrens.

This is an alphabet book but all created in mostly black and white images, and all the animals in the book are endangered. This is a great book to learn about new animals while raising awareness for them!
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great informational book to share with my young readers. When doing any Animal lesson this would be a great source of information to use. I would ask my readers to "do some research" with this fun book.
Bianca West
Jul 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Gone Wild is alphabet book comprised of endangered animal names. It provides the reader with the animal’s class, habitat, threats, and status for each letter or endangered animal.
Seema Rao
Jan 12, 2018 rated it liked it
The alphabet is told through Adrinka-style symbolic renditions of each letter and interesting and unexpected animals.
Jan 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a unique picture book for kids that also contains information that may be interesting to older readers.
December SIrmans
Nov 29, 2017 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed how this book teaches kids not only the alphabet but also the animals used to create the letters in this book. This is a very knowledgeable book for students that is fun, creative, and helps them learn their abc's.
Lynsey Barnes
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is an early concept informational book. This is a picture book that contains an animal for every letter of the alphabet. Each page shows a big letter which also incorporates the shape of the animal it is representing. For each animal, there is also information about the class, habitat, range, threats, and status.
Nicole Lamb
Sep 18, 2012 rated it liked it
Picture Book Critique #3

Gone Wild: An Endangered Animal Alphabet
By: David McLimans

1. Picture Book Genre: Alphabet

2. Brief Summary: As a Caldecott Honor Book Gone Wild: An Endangered Animal Alphabet by David McLimans uses intriguing black and white pictures of animal features made into the letters of the alphabet to highlight a variety of endangered species throughout the world. Each page features a different animal beginning with the appropriate letter of the alphabet in order and having a large
Amanda Toombs
Sep 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Genre: Picture book—Alphabet

Summary: This book by Davis McLimans, is an alphabet book that features endangered animals in which represent the alphabet. An introduction provides explanations to students referring to information about endangered animals in which they are crafted throughout the book to like look the letter a certain animal begins with.
a. The fascinating strength in this book refers to the letters that symbolize the endangered animal throughout the alphabet. These picture
Oct 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Genre: Picture Book – Alphabet

Summary: Gone Wild is a vivacious, visual, learning experience. A Caldecott Honor Winner, it is filled with brilliant black alphabet letters shaped like endangered species animals and insects placed on a white background page. In a lower corner of each page is a red box with a red rubber-stamp-like impression of the actual animal or insect with information about it to include class, habitat, range, threats, and status.

Literary critique: (a.) Gone Wild obviously has
Jenna Satcher
Nov 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: critiques
1.This book belongs to the Alphabet book category for picture books.

2.This book shows endangered species from around the world by illustrating different animals as a part of each letter of the alphabet. From the Chinese Alligator for ‘A’ to Grevy’s Zebra for ‘Z’, readers are introduced to facts about the endangered animals which accompany the bold illustrations.

A)One of the strengths of this book are the color choices for both the text and illustrations in the book which help demons
Gabriella Bumbaca
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-lit
Genre: Informational Non-Fiction
Grade Range: K-1
What particularly made this book stand out from all the other alphabet books out there was that they had the box of the bug's information for each letter. From this book, students can do a fun activity with researching about their endangered species and teach the class about it. It combines both reading and science!
Nov 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
1) Genre: Picture Book: Alphabet

2) This truly represents letters A-Z in a totally different way! Each letter is transformed into a wild animal. The letters are shown both in its uppercase and lowercase form. Information including the animal’s class, habitat, range, threats, and status is also included.

3) Critique:

a) The way the author connects the letters of the alphabet with various wild animals is amazing!

b) I was so impressed with the way the animals were visible in each letter! The reade
Lots of information and facts on some endangered animals, but I don't think it's very age appropriate for an alphabet book.
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