Synopses & Reviews
and#160;and#171;and#8220;Jenkins has created a book that reaches beyond the mundane and into the spectacular. . . . A treat not to be missed. . . . and#8221; and#8212;School Library Journal,
This visually stunning, oversize paperback (with French flaps!) is a dog book . . . until you flip it over to make it a cat book. The dog and cat meet in the middle, sharing a cozy rug. Steve Jenkinsand#8217;s cut- and torn-paper collages are exquisite, a fine match for the lively narrative that explores animal characteristics and behaviors as well as the role of cats and dogs in human history. A wonderful, accessible, beautiful way to learn about animal science, and nature from one of the nonfiction greats!
Jenkins brings his inimitable ability to clearly present scientific information to this uniquely styled flip-book comparison of dogs and cats: readers can start at one end of the book for DOGS and Cats, or flip the whole thing upside-down to read Dogs and CATS, according to preference. . . . All the information is tied directly to behavior and traits readers can observe in pets, making it easy to remember; some redundancies aid this effect without stalling narrative design. Muted cut-paper illustrations effectively showcase the natural lines of muscle and bone in featured animals, conveying texture as well as color and form to create pages that are both scientifically engaging and aesthetically pleasing. Generous formatting allows all this to coexist, uncluttered, leaving enough room for small silhouette illustrations in page corners to earmark subject-related tidbits about the opposite species: readers can compare basic traits without having to shuffle through pages. An inviting, multidimensional introduction to the pets we love.
Horn Book, Starred
A cleanly innovative design allowing interaction between the two parts throughout. Jenkin's usual striking collages of cut and torn paper create his subjects in all their textures. . . . The addition of icons at the bottom of each spread shows the other animal and gives one small, related fact, adding an element of interactivity that both teases and pleases. Sure to see plenty of use.
Jenkins is a master at presenting facts with style and clarity.
The San Francisco Chronicle
"...a great book for teaching children...[A] little gem...cut and torn paper collage [adds] depth and movement.and#8221; The Advocate 7/29/07
"[I]nformation about each is presented in this ingeniously designed release." The Columbus Dispatch 11/18/07 Columbus Dispatch
"Filled with fascinating facts and lovely, lifelike cut-paper collages." SLJ December 2007 School Library Journal
Find out what breed of cat has no hair, why cats walk on their toes, which cats dive into water to hunt fish and more in this invaluable reference that is bursting with facts and full-color pictures.
Reintroduced by popular demand, favorites from DK's Pocket Library are available once again. These handy-sized information books contain facts about history, science, biology, geology, astronomy, and other subjects.
Images too small to see with the naked eye spring to incredible life! Discover the wonderful world of hidden detail by placing the enclosed mirror in the center of each stunning DK photo spread. Each book contains 30 fascinating 3D photos.
Pet lovers are in for a real treat with this unique two-for-one picture book that flips over to revealand#160;aand#160;doggy-dominatedand#160;cover onand#160;one side and a cat-centricand#160;cover on the other. Now in paperback,and#160; this book is a delightful read no matter which way you turn!and#160;and#160;and#160;
About the Author
Steve Jenkins has written and illustrated many nonfiction picture books for young readers, including the Caldecott Honor-winning What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? His books have been called stunning, eye-popping, inventive, gorgeous, masterful, extraordinary, playful, irresistible, compelling, engaging, accessible, glorious, and informative. He lives in Boulder, Colorado with his wife and frequent collaborator, Robin Page, and their children.