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
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.