Illustrations by Nicholas Blechman
Text by Simon Rogers
Infographics are everywhere! Blechman, an art director at the New York Times, with data journalist Rogers, has created a stunning compendium of statistics and graphics about unusual animals of the world. Categories are intriguing; for example, “Senses,” “Habitats,” “Record-Breakers,” and “Killers” (most efficient: cats). Blechman’s silhouette shapes are dazzling against saturated backgrounds of emerald, magenta, sun yellow, brilliant crimson, and pulsing turquoise. Text often swirls, spirals, or follows the shape of an octagonal web. Young readers may be surprised to discover (in yellow, black, and green) that a sperm whale’s brain weighs seventeen pounds contrasted with a human’s three pounds. Kids will love the witty chapter on dogs--their work, bones, and breeds. Capturing the essence of creatures from microbes to mammals, Blechman’s not so accurate picturing birds, but mostly the data’s fascinating for both kids and adults. Who knew that invertebrates make up 97% of all species or that London’s home to 10,000 foxes?
2014, Ages 6 to 9
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Recommended by: Barbara Talcroft
Barbara Talcroft reviews children’s books professionally for childrenslit.com and for Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database. She has a Master’s degree in International Children’s Literature. She also has many years’ experience as a teacher. Barbara is one of the founders of LANTERN and its past chairperson.