The Library and Reading Journal of Jennifer, Librarian
Monday, September 14, 2009
Nonfiction Monday: Just the Right Size by Nicola Davies
Nicola Davies takes a somewhat complex (at least to me) mathematical concept and explains it simply and intriguingly for all ages. Why are big animals big and little animals little? Why can't bigger animals fly? How do small animals perform amazing feats of strength? Neal Layton's cartoonish illustrations are humorous without being confusing or detracting from the text. Davies and Layton have produced other fun nonfiction picture books focusing on similar odd and obscure topics, such as animal survival in extremes of heat and cold and parasites.
Verdict: Kids - and grown-ups! - interested in animals, math, or just obscure facts to astound their friends, will enjoy this fun and informative read.
ISBN: 0763639249; Published July 2009 by Candlewick; Borrowed from the library