Synopses & Reviews
and#160; Recognizing and labeling animals has never been so geometrically inspired! Young children will delight in the usual suspects (bunny, pig, frog, chicken, monkey, and lion) depicted in a whole new way. The elements of each zoomed-in face provide only a subtle hint of the animalsand#8217; identities, inviting children (and adults!) to stretch the boundaries of what defines an animal image. The simple question-and-answer format provides immediate gratification for even the shortest attention spans.
Praise for Up Close
"Wegerif does a remarkable job of capturing each creatureand#8217;s essence in a few simple shapes and bright nursery colors."
and#151;Publishers Weekly, starred review
"The text, written in a clear, blocky type, encourages a guessing game."
"In this inventive board book, colorful, abstract illustrations invite young listeners to participate in a guessing game. Recommended with extra enthusiasm for its ingenuity and high-quality art."
and#151;School Library Journal
"Clever rhyming text in 'pirate speak' and colorful, digital gouache illustrations in muted tones create a standout concept book. . . .and#160;The facial expressions and body language of this duo are spot-on as they hop, jump, or dance, and the featured colors pop off the page. Children will pore over the small and large details in the artwork. This title inspires creative play, and is likely to be a treasure for years to come."and#8212;School Library Journal
Shapes and colors in your zoo, lots of things that you can do. Heads and ears, beaks and snouts, that's what animals are all about. I know animals and you do too; make some new ones for your zoo.
"Features a series of cutouts stacked so that with each page turn, a layer is removed to reveal yet another picture of an animal; i.e., a mouse's square frame is removed to reveal a fox. Children will delight in identifying both animals and shapes, depicted in bold juxtapositions of vibrant primary colors".--"School Library Journal". Caldecott Honor Book.
From a white bandana to yellow coins to a red blanket, two little boysand#160;use their imaginations to turn everyday objects into colorful pirateand#160;treasure. Orange plastic beads become sparkling jewels, baby sister becomes a purple sea monster, and a rug is the calm blue water where theirand#160;boat (bed) is docked. As their adventure winds down, boys and little sister settle inand#160;together toand#160;dream of more loot andand#160;exotic lands to explore. What better place for naptime than a grand pirate ship on the high seas?
What better place for naptime than a grand pirate ship on the high seas? Two boys use their imaginations to turn everyday objects, from a white bandanna to yellow coins to a red blanket, into colorful pirate treasure as they prepare for naptime. With a bouncy rhymed text and fun illustrations, this charming book teaches little ones their colors while making a great read-aloud. Even the youngest readers and listeners will want to be a part of the fun as they get ready to sail off to sleep!
About the Author
is the author of Two at the Zoo: A Counting Book,
a companion to Pirate Nap: A Book of Colors,
as well as several other picture books published under the name Dana Kessimakis Smith. She lives inand#160;Northern Californiaand#160;with her husband andand#160;two children.You can visit her online at www.dannasmithbooks.com
Valeria Petrone has illustrated several books for young readers, including Two at the Zoo: A Counting Book and Pirate Nap: A Book of Colorsand#160;by Danna Smith. Her artwork has been exhibited around the world, and she lives in her native Italy. You can learn more about her at www.valeriapetrone.com.