Synopses & Reviews
What makes an ordinary animal extraordinary? This animal dictionary will help kids discover exactly what that is. From A to Z, authors Leslie Jonath and Lisa McGuinness single out common animals and highlight specific qualities that make them unique. Each fact-filled entry is ideal for newly independent readers. Entries include a physical description of the animal as well as information about the animals environment, eating habits, prey, and more.
The Dictionary of Ordinary Extraordinary Animals sends a message parents and children will find inspiringa seemingly average animal having incredible characteristics that make it special. Children who feel ordinary themselves will swell with pride when they learn fascinating facts they can share with their friends!
"Less a dictionary that an alphabetically organized discussion of 150 animals, this informative guidebook combines casual descriptions of the animals with grainy illustrations reminiscent of vintage flashcards. With between one and three animals per spread, McGuinness and Jonath have ample space to focus on the surprising characteristics of animals like black bears (which can sometimes be white), hummingbirds, and Tasmanian devils, which use 'a ferocious sneeze' as a way to challenge their enemies. Congdon's paintings are characterized by naturalistic details and touches of surprising whimsy an owl's feathers are embellished in gold, purples, and reds communicating a palpable sense of wonder in the bountiful diversity of animals. Ages 4 8." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
“(this) informative guidebook combines casual descriptions of the animals with grainy illustrations reminiscent of vintage flashcards…Congdon’s paintings are characterized by naturalistic details and touches of surprising whimsy—an owl’s feathers are embellished in gold, purples, and reds—communicating a palpable sense of wonder in the bountiful diversity of animals.”
Globe and Mail (Toronto)
“this big, handsome book with its attractive layout and a rich colour palette really does deliver the goods. From Aardvark to Zigzag Salamander, from Krill to Quahog, each and all are a feast for the eye and a sop to the curious of mind”
About the Author
specializes in packaging cookbooks, art books, and childrens books. Her previous books include Postmark Paris, Snowmen,
and Cooking with Kids from the Farmers Market
. She lives in Oakland, CA.
Lisa McGuinness is well known for her best-selling picture book Bee and Me, as well as Baby Turtles Tale, both co-authored by the duo. She is also the author of Gotcha Covered. McGuiness is a writer and freelance childrens book editor who lives in Northern California with her husband and two children, as well as two extraordinary, ordinary kitties and dog.
Lisa Congdon is an illustrator and fine artist. She has been creating things since she was young, but did not begin painting until she was 33 years old. Lisa currently lives in San Francisco with her partner, Clay Lauren Walsh, her 10 pound Chihuahua, Wilfredo, and her two cats, Barry and Margaret. Please visit her on the web at lisacongdon.com.