Synopses & Reviews
A fun, fresh animal journey!
Pack your bags and put on your travelin' shoes! There's an animal adventure waiting for you! Awake with the HOWLER MONKEYS, twist into a pretzel like a QUETZAL, hang with a SLOTH, be will-nilly like a CHINCHILLA. Squawk with an AUK, bump your rump like a CAMEL, be silly with a BILBY, and drift off to sleep in the deep of the OUTBACK. Fun-filled and fact-packed, AROUND THE WORLD ON EIGHTY LEGS is the ticket for an unforgettable adventure!
The yakkity yakkity yakkity yak-
Why is it the yak never answers you back?
To a yak, nothing's worse
Than to have to converse-
The yakkity yakkity yak.
"First-time author Gibson's collection of poems cleverly presents creatures from all across the globe in witty, rhythmic, and well-crafted verse. Instructional and entertaining, the poems nicely balance information with humor and wordplay (additional animal facts appear at the end). Of the electric eel, Gibson says, 'It's eelamentary,/ dear Watson,/ this one's got a/ lot of/ watts on.' Although most of the poems are amusing, a few are more poetically descriptive the arctic fox is 'Quiet as a whispered prayer' and the snow leopard 'slips through the snow... on velvet paws and velvet toes.' Emphasizing humor over naturalism, Salmieri's (Those Darn Squirrels!) illustrations match the playfulness of Gibson's verse point for point. An angry bird shakes its wing at a skua that has snatched its worm ('A pirate with a scrappy streak,/ the skua's got a lot of cheek'), and the illustrator plays up a camel's grouchiness, the lazy euphoria of a koala's life, and the futility of a warthog's attempt at beauty sleep. Kids will likely be spurred to seek out more information on less familiar creatures like the pangolin, agouti, and hoatzin. Ages 4 8. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
A fun, fresh animal journey
Amy Gibson and Daniel Salmieri take readers on an exciting animal adventure around the globe. As readers explore habitats ranging from the Arctic to the Savanna, they will learn fun and humorous information about the animals who live there.
You'll easily determine / though weasely, ermine / is clearly no vermin -- that's that. / But if not for the coat / on this elegant stoat, / you might think that this mink was a rat.
About the Author
Amy Gibson lives in Northern California with her husband, three children, and the cat. A former teacher, she framed the entire school year as a trip around the world. She's only been to three continents so far, but she can dream. This is her first picture book.
Daniel Salmieri is the illustrator of THOSE DARN SQUIRRELS. He lives in Brooklyn, NY. This is his first picture book for Scholastic Press.