Most people love animals, but if they’re wild, we can’t get close enough to enjoy them like we want. Not so with author Yuval Zommer’s latest oversized picture book, called The Big Book of Beasts.
In a whimsical format geared for children ages four and up, Mr. Yuval offers intricate information about beasts of every kind. There are winged beasts (bats) and clawed beasts (anteaters and moles); stinky beasts (skunks and beavers) and beasts with vampire teeth (bears and hippos); beasts that scream (armadillos), and barking, crafty, grumpy beasts (baboons).
This book attempts to examine every beast from every angle possible, including blind beasts (bats), clever beasts (foxes), green beasts (sloths) and beasts with healing powers (tigers). Young and old readers alike can learn all sorts of things about beasts, including what makes a mammal a beast, just how loud a lion’s roar is, and the truth behind why wolves howl at the moon.
This is an adorable book that is sure to be a favorite because it can be referred to again and again as young children grow older and have more questions about animals in the wild. The book is large enough to be easily handled by small hands, and the paper quality is durable enough to withstand “youthful exuberance” and multiple page turns. The prose is simple and age-appropriate, and is evidence that Mr. Yuval tried to think of every question an inquisitive youngster might have about beastly animals.
The artwork is bouncy, colorful and super-kid-friendly, and offers delightful detail in the drawings. For example, the wart hogs have a nice layer of fuzzy hair on their backs; the lions have lively multi-colored beards, the hippos have humongous mouths and razor-sharp teeth, and sloths have fur that looks like it has been freshly groomed.
Use this book to start a discussion on wildlife, animal habitats, and differences between wild and domesticated animals. It can even serve as an independent reference for budding wildlife enthusiasts.