Reading/Interest Level: Toddler, Preschool
Author: Eric Carle and Friends
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
What’s your favorite animal and why? In this sturdy board book, this question is answered by fourteen popular children’s book authors and illustrators. It explores not only common animals like cats, bunnies, and elephants, but also unique ones like the blue carp, the octopus, and the snail.
By combining the thoughts, words, and artistic styles of various picture-book illustrators, What’s Your Favorite Animal? is a diverse, unique, and entertaining read. With the turn of every page, you’re not quite sure which animal will be next, what style of illustration, or what tone of explanation. For example, Mo Willems’s page is naturally humorous, whereas Rosemary Wells’s response is written gracefully in a poem. The illustrations are each brilliant in their own personal way. Also, the types of animals presented along with their accompanying text are amusing, informative, and capable of eliciting further conversation from curious children. This creative illustrative collage is highly recommended for homes and schools and will surely be loved by children and fans of children’s books.