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The Animal Book

4.50  ·  Rating Details  ·  440 Ratings  ·  104 Reviews
Animals smooth and spiky, fast and slow, hop and waddle through the two hundred pluspages of the Caldecott Honor artist Steve Jenkins’s most impressive nonfiction offering yet. Sections such as “Animal Senses,” “Animal Extremes,” and “The Story of Life” burst with fascinating facts and infographics that will have trivia buffs breathlessly asking, “Do you knowa termite quee ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published October 29th 2013 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2013)
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There is much to admire in this recent book by Steve Jenkins, hundreds of interesting facts offered about animals, an encyclopedia of animals largest to smallest, those that hide well, and those that are the top of the food chain. It is divided into sections including the organization of animals, how they become families, their senses and defenses, and a timeline of the story of life—wonderful. The illustrations show off the words of course. One of my favorite pages is the double-page spread of ...more
Feb 06, 2014 Michael rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, list-2016
I have been reading animal books that were clearly "designed" to appeal to kids. Big headlines, outrageous text, wild pictures. All of which would be insulting to that kid who REALLY knows his animals. You know the kid. He soaks up animal facts and understands ecosystems. This encyclopedic treatment of animals is just what that kid wants and needs. There are webs of interaction and predation, chapters formed around behaviors and defense systems, and an ambitious chapter on the history of life on ...more
Aiyana Martinez
Apr 21, 2015 Aiyana Martinez rated it it was amazing
Now this book amazed by every single page I turned, Each page shows up 1 to even 7 animals all on one page. Some focus on the bones of a bullfrog others focus on cheetahs, bears, bugs and fish. The book is divided up by eight sections! It was incredible to see what animal would be in each section. How they are divided up is by Animals, Family, Animal senses, Predators, defenses, animal extremes, the story of my life and more information. The sections show how animals see, smell, taste, look for ...more
Nov 04, 2013 Barbara rated it it was amazing
There are few things that make me happier than a new Steve Jenkins book filled with interesting facts about the natural world and his ever-intriguing trademark cut- or torn-paper collages. I thought I had reached the supreme moment of pleasure with his recent pop-up book, but this one has met and exceeded my expectations. The title gives away the book's focus, of course, but the book itself, parts of which have appeared in earlier books by this talented artist, is a 208-page stroll through the a ...more
Aarifa - Lover of Harry Potter, Books, and Animals-
This was an exciting book about animals! And I had a great experience of a tigers face close up, a Goliath spider as a real view ( that was a gigantic spider), and other animals. And this answered some of my questions, like why do they crows bother a hawk? ( because the hawk threatans the crows that it is going to eat their babies and the crows mock it and chase it. That happened in my backyard a few times.) so yeah I am glad I got this book from the library.
Feb 23, 2015 Julie rated it it was amazing
Our whole family had so much fun with this being on a coffee table for a few weeks. Beautiful illustrations and fascinating animal facts; an art and science book combined.
Tongtong Wu
Apr 21, 2016 Tongtong Wu rated it it was amazing
The Animal Book (2013) by Steve Jenkins
There is much to admire in this recent book by Steve Jenkins, hundreds of interesting facts offered about animals, an encyclopedia of animals largest to smallest, those that hide well, and those that are the top of the food chain. It is divided into sections including the organization of animals, how they become families, their senses and defenses, and a timeline of the story of life—wonderful.
The book itself is divided into seven sections: An
Jul 12, 2014 Kristin rated it liked it
I love the paper collage illustrations in this book. The large illustrations with short facts about the animals makes this book very readable and fun.

The only reason I am giving this book 3 stars instead of 5 is because a few of the facts are incorrect or incomplete to the point that they become misleading. In many of these instances, one additional sentence to clarify the information is all that would be needed. For instance, sea stars (aka, star fish) can grow an entirely new starfish when cu
Children's Literature review:
Elementary students who can't get enough animal factoids will relish Jenkins' latest offering. Encyclopedic in nature, the volume is divided into chapters and subchapters that may seem rather arbitrary (Animals!, Family, Animal Senses, Predators, Defenses, Animal Extremes, The Story of Life, More Information) but that flow into the next quite well. The wide variety of animals he portrays with his signature cut- or torn-paper collages, most of which are accompanied by
Welton Cooks
Nonfiction Text: "The Animal Book"

This books has information on many different classifications of animals, like amphibians, insects, mammals, and rodents. The books helps to give students an overall better understanding of animals in their everyday lives. There is information on the typical size of these animals, life expectancies, diets, and evolution of some of these species. "The Animal Book," can helps students to understand some of the animals around them.

Fiction Text: "Midnight Zoo"

This is
Kelli McKenna
May 06, 2015 Kelli McKenna rated it liked it
Shelves: information
I liked The Animal Book because it showed the diversity of our world in relationship to animals from all around the world. This informational book would be a good reference for a science class/unit on animals. The teacher could incorporate this book in the classroom as a read a loud for third graders because it also offers beautiful artwork of the animals discussed as well that the teacher could share with the classroom. If it was not used as a read a loud it would still make be a good idea to i ...more
Feb 23, 2014 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Wow! What a great animal book!

I have always loved animal books, especially those with great pictures. And this one is amazing. The things Jenkins can do with paper are truly astounding. And I learned so much. I kept stopping and telling people the amazing facts I was learning.

I will definitely be buying at least one more copy of this book for my library. The kids are going to love it!
Aug 12, 2015 Angela rated it liked it
Shelves: kids, homeschool
My kids loved the drawings of different animals and reading amazing facts about them. I liked that it included some animals not talked about in other books and the drawings were realistic enough that my kids could recognize most of the animals (unlike some kids books). What I did not appreciate was the chapter on the origins of life. My family does not believe in evolution and it was very obvious the author does. I'm fine with including drawings of dinosaurs or whatever, but it seemed as if the ...more
Let me preface this by saying that I love Steve Jenkins. I love his work, I think he is wonderfully original, and he has made some fantastic books.

This, however... this is my least favorite book by him that I have ever read. Just browsing through, I found 4 factual mistakes! Most people will say that they are minor mistakes, and I may concede that, but the point is this book is aimed towards budding naturalists and the information is not 100% accurate! I am very disappointed.

I was also disappo
Oct 20, 2015 Dewi rated it it was amazing
Apa yang menyenangkan dari buku ini? Satu : Ilustrasi dari kolase kertas yang indah. Jenkins mengumpulkan kertas-kertas bermotif dan tak jarang membuat sendiri kertas-kertas itu untuk ilustrasi buku. Garis-garis yang tak sempurna menjadikan karakter hewan semakin hidup.
Dua : Cara Jenkins menyajikan aneka fakta. Banyak fakta unik tentang hewan yang nampak simpel tetapi memberikan pemahaman mendalam mengapa mereka berbentuk seperti itu. Misal hewan-hewan yang memiliki desain yang sempurna sehingga
The Styling Librarian
The Animal Book by Steve Jenkins – I never tire of Steve Jenkins brilliance. As I read this incredible collection, I realized that I would need to actually shift this book into the reference collection. I don’t really have too much of a reference collection anymore but this book is just so packed with fantastic information and it is just that weight that is a little too much for my students to carry… so I’m looking forward to celebrating the book by having it daily available in the library inste ...more
Steve Jenkins is my hero. His nonfiction books are full of interesting, and scientifically accurate, and simple to understand, and perfectly explained facts. His art is simple and amazing. Please be my best friend.
Xin Luan
May 27, 2014 Xin Luan rated it it was amazing
There are a large number of animals we familiar or unfamiliar picture and information in this natural science book. This is a good animal encyclopedia. You can get many types of information, from animal senses to animal extremes, from animals to family, in this book. There are also the story of those animals to help readers know about the history of every animal.
Using this book to teach about classify of animals is good trying. It is suitable for both children and young adults who love natural
Mary Lee
Dec 08, 2013 Mary Lee rated it it was amazing
If you buy only one Steve Jenkins book this year, make it this one.

Be sure to watch this video on how the book was made:
May 05, 2014 Meredith rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic book. The art, as per usual with Steve Jenkins, is beautiful and impressive, and the text is super interesting. I learned all sorts of fascinating (and sometimes disgusting) facts about the animal kingdom. Highly recommended for kids who love science and nature. The layout is such that the book could very easily be browsed, but I was so interested that I read the whole thing straight through. Some of the art is recycled from previous Steve Jenkins books, but unless you're a Jenk ...more
Apr 20, 2016 Joe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the best things I like about this book is on the very back. A Venn diagram that shows this book is in the center of Natural Science, Art, Books, and Kids. This book is over two hundred pages of pictures and facts about different types of animals around the world with facts included. A lot of animal books offer either facts with no pictures or pictures with facts on one specific animal. This book has facts ranging from well known to obscure. An obscure fact that I found completely fascinat ...more
Jan 10, 2014 Hilary rated it it was amazing
Caldecott Honor artist Steve Jenkins’ striking artwork is showcased in “The Animal Book.” Readers will spend hours poring over this vivid browsers’ almanac bursting with infographics, and fascinating facts. Readers will feel compelled to collar friends and family and pepper them with trivia such as:

Sections range from “Animal Senses” to “Animal Extremes,” through “the Story of Life.” Layouts vary. Some are double-page spreads allowing intimate examination of one animal while others feature sever
Jan 03, 2014 Nicole rated it it was amazing
The Animal Book by Steve Jenkins
Houghton Mifflin, 2013
Nonfiction Informational
207 pages
Recommended for...Everyone!

Last year I fell in love with The Beetle Book, but this year I was blow away with where Jenkins took us next! Each page in this 200 plus page book contains information on countless animals, information that I bet will surprise you!

Do you know how many eggs a termite queen lays per hour, around the clock, for 30 years or more? page 36-37 might shock you!

Do you know which ant will self
Michele Knott
Amazing book.
I was a little worried with the size of this book. It's very big, very thick. I'm not much of an animal person, much less someone who would pick up an animal book to read. If it wasn't for the fact this was Steve Jenkins, would have probably skipped over it.
The facts were fascinating. The amount of writing about each animal at a manageable size. The organization was impeccable. Kids can skip to certain parts that interest them the most. Read a few pages, read the whole section, or r
Jan 27, 2016 Kimberly rated it really liked it
An entertaining and informative book for children and adults alike. I learned some fascinating (and sometimes disturbing) facts about animals around the world. The beautiful cut-paper illustrations and the simple page lay-outs make this an easy, enjoyable read.

My favorite section was Actual Size, which presented illustrations of animals or parts of animals at actual size. The gorilla hand was perfect and immediately had me putting my hand on the page to compare. I imagine kids would do the same
Animal books certainly aren’t hard to come by in the children’s section, but none of them have quite the interest of charm of this book. I was introduced to Jenkins style through Eye to Eye: How Animals See the World and was totally sold. I actually thought this would be a shorter book (not sure why) but when it showed up at the library it was certainly not. I would say the length alone makes it better suited to upper elementary and middle school animal and science lovers, but (but!) my three an ...more
Feb 14, 2016 Susie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, juvenile
Books by Steve Jenkins are easily recognizable because of the distinct torn or cut paper collage artwork that graces the covers. When I noticed The Animal Book: A Collection of the Fastest, Fiercest, Toughest, Cleverest, Shyest – and Most Surprising – Animals on Earth on the new juvenile nonfiction shelf, I had to check it out.

Jenkins is an astounding artist. His interest in animals and art began when he was six years old. He wrote and illustrated a volume he called 103 Animals (pictures of it a

Every so often an informational book comes along that doesn't put me to sleep. The Animal Book by Steve Jenkins is one of those books.The information presented in The Animal Book is the type that you would find in a textbook, but somehow it manages to be engaging and accessible rather than dull and lifeless.

All I can say is what a beautiful work of art Steve Jenkins has created. As someone who is not usually a fan of books filled with nothing but facts rather than story, I couldn't help but find
Aug 16, 2015 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Fabulous book that includes information about many unusual animals, as well as those more well known. The facts are presented in bite size chunks according to topics, such as predators, prehistoric giants, camouflage, how animals work together, etc. Hundreds of animals are included in the illustrations and in the back matter with an interesting fact about each one. Also, included after the text is a section on how Jenkins decides on his texts and the process he goes through to produce a book.
Jul 15, 2014 Bmack rated it it was amazing
Ok...I didn't read every word of this book but it is really nice. Steve Jenkins has wonderful illustrations created with different types of paper. The book includes 300 interesting animals and includes lots of fascinating facts. The book is divided by characteristics common to animals like defenses, family, animal extremes, etc. In the back is an alphabetical list of all the animals included with a few facts about them as well as a glossary and a section on how he creates his books.
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