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Heads and Tails

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3.88  ·  Rating details ·  76 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Heads and Tails by John Canty is an extraordinary children's picture book. Leveraging the natural and universal fascination that children have with animals, the book utilises hints and recognition to build a sense of anticipation on each page, that is resolved on the following page when the identity of the animal is discovered.
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Published May 1st 2017 by Berbay Publishing
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Rebecca Johnson
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
You know a picture book has hit the mark when you immediately want to find a collection of small children for story time. 'Heads and Tails' draws on a child's natural curiousity and enthusiasm in a guess-the-animal style format. Each spread includes some clues as to the animal's identity and a drawing of it's 'tail', requiring the child to guess and then turn the page to see the 'heads'. This had just the right amount of clues, and gorgeous ink and wash illustrations. FANTASTIC!
J.L. Slipak
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Heads and Tails by John Canty is an extraordinary children’s picture book. Leveraging the natural and universal fascination that children have with animals, the book utilises hints and recognition to build a sense of anticipation on each page, that is resolved on the following page when the identity of the animal is discovered.

Young readers are engaged in the process of deduction by drawing on visual prompts and clues such as where an animal may live, what the animal may look like and sounds the
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Reshamad
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
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"Heads and Tails" is a beautiful "guess who i am" non-fiction picture book of animals. In this rendition (the author also has a "Heads and Tails : Insects" edition) , the author explores 14 different animals to identify.

Using visual clues with a creatures "tail" or behind along with verbal or descriptive clues through prose, the author creates a fun guessing game for the reader to try and identify the creature.

A minimalist, water
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Diane
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Does the special kiddo in your life love animals and guessing games? If so, this fun book is a must read. On one page there are clues about a particular animal -- what it looks like, where it lives etc. and just part of a picture of the animal. Turn the page and in large letters the animal is identified as well as a very large picture of the animal. There are some 14 different animals to keep the kiddos guessing. The illustrations are terrific as well.

Curious little children who love animals
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Linda
For the youngest ones, but not a board book, and from Australia, out this past month from Candlewick in the US. Can you tell an animal by only seeing its behind? This is the game, a clever one with clear word clues paired with that so interesting tail! It even begins with the endpaper before the title page, a beautiful peacock's tail. John Carty's art is new to me, but his fifteen watercolored animals are realistic and gorgeous. The copyright page shares that the art is adapted from ...more
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Heads and Tails by John Canty. PICTURE BOOK. Candlewick, 2018. $17. 9781536200331

BUYING ADVISORY: Pre-K - OPTIONAL

AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE

You only have a few words and an animal tail to guess which animal Canty has drawn. Occasionally Canty throws off a red herring to keep things interesting.

Such beautiful illustrations. A perfect candidate for a board book.

Cindy, Middle School Librarian, MLS
https://kissthebookjr.blogspot.com/20...
Janet
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a fun and artistic guess the animal title. With two or three clues and the tail illustrated one guess the animal that will appear on the next page. Lots of white space on the pages which draws the eye to the watercolor illustrations of the tails and animals. Wow really good illustrations of the rhinoceros, the elephant, and the giraffe. Want to see other titles done by John Canty. First published in Australia and now in the USA by Candlewick Press.
Jennifer
This one could be used with toddlers, too, if the pictures were a little clearer. However, each spread shows the tail of one animal with some descriptions, then turn the page and see the head and the name of the animal. Lots of opportunity for interaction in a group read aloud as the children can guess what each animal is. A fun read.
Brittany
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If there is one thing that my daughter loves it is guessing games. She loves to be given hints and then guess what something is. This book is kind of tricky, because sometimes the illustrations try to throw you off. A fun guessing book! Educational too!
Edward Sullivan
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books, nature
Readers' curiosity and enthusiasm will surely be whetted as they are encouraged to guess animals based on select written and visual clues. Orginally published in Australia.
Melissa
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another fun guessing game for kids.
Carol Scrimgeour
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
More of a concept book with lovely illustrations of animals. Reminds me of Eric Carle's Will You Be My Friend?
Jennifer
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books-2
Kids should have fun guessing the animals.
Gail
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great animal guessing book. This would be fun to use in storytime or for a library program.
Jillian Heise
Gorgeous illustrations and a heads/tails format make for a fun story to read to kids leading them to guessing what animal is being described in the text and through the tail end, with the reveal on the head illustration. Would pair well with Who Am I? and Hello, Baby Animals for more "guessing game" animal picture books.
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John Canty is an artist, designer, and writer. He lives in Melbourne, Australia.

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