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!
"Man's best friend and its feline counterpart receive some stunning paper collage treatment in Jenkins's (Actual Size) latest work. The two-in-one format offers wide-ranging facts presented in an easy-to-digest, conversational style (with a flip of the book, dog lovers and cat lovers can zero in on one or the other). Section headings in red typeface introduce substantial text blocks and lengthy captions, which touch on topics from ancestry and hunting skills to anatomy and body language. Both halves also include a spread of 'amazing facts,' and another entitled, 'I wonder....' The latter offers explanations for the more unusual characteristics of each animal, such as why cats chase their tails ('They still enjoy acting out this hunting behavior') and why dogs might roll in manure ('A wild dog will roll in the dung of grazing animals to hide its own scent, allowing it to sneak up on its prey'). Jenkins's trademark cut- and torn-paper vignettes, with their subtle shadings and fuzzy or crinkled textures, are so carefully crafted that images of a few of the creatures (e.g., the English mastiff, the Siamese cat) could almost pass for photographs. The book's middle spread acts as a transition, depicting both a cat and dog stretched out on the same green rug, beneath the heading, 'Friends or enemies?' (and alongside instructions to 'turn the book over and start from the other side'). No matter what side readers are on, they'll come away with a better understanding of both species. Ages 6-10. (May)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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
Are you a cat lover? A dog person? Either way, this book is for you! Read about how your favorite companion came to be a pet and how its body works. Then, flip the book over and find out about the other kind.
Once again Steve Jenkins takes childrenand#8217;s nonfiction to a new level. Here is an amazing book filled with great information, visual facts, and lots of animal history. The illustrations are so incredibly realistic, youand#8217;ll want to pet them!
Once again Jenkins takes children's nonfiction to a new level. Here is an amazing book filled with great information, visual facts, and lots of animal history along with incredibly realistic illustrations.
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.