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Almost Everything
Contributor(s): Jolivet, Joelle (Author), Jolivet, Joelle (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 1596430907     ISBN-13: 9781596430907
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
OUR PRICE: $28.04  

Binding Type: Hardcover
Published: October 2005

Annotation: Poster-sized and teeming with detail and variety, this book feeds children's curiosity about the world around them. Things both familiar and unexpected are arranged in simple categories. Full color.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction
Dewey: FIC
LCCN: 2005007855
Physical Information: 0.5" H x 12.6" W x 18" (2.60 lbs) 31 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
A skyscraper? An igloo? A high-speed train? A horse and cart? Encyclopedic and stylish, Almost Everything is full of things both familiar and unexpected, arranged in simple categories  -- buildings, transportation, costumes, plants, animals, and much more. The wealth of detail and oversize design is matched by bold, dramatic block print art, in a book that will capture and hold young children's attention.

Contributor Bio(s): Jolivet, Joelle: - Joelle Jolivet is the author and illustrator of Zoo-ology, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year. She lives in France.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2006 Spring)
Jolivet launches her jumbo-scale picture dictionary with double-page spreads devoted to familiar themes such as fruits and vegetables, animals, and the human body, then moves on to types of houses, historical costumes, tools, and other more esoteric groupings. Most spreads present at least two dozen labeled objects rendered in what appear to be thick-lined woodblocks enhanced by bold, sumptuous hues. Ind. Copyright 2006 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2005 December #2)
Fans of the oversize Zoology illustrated by Joelle Jolivet will also welcome the gigantic 12" x 17 1/2" Almost Everything by Laura Jaffe, illus. by Jolivet, trans. by Alexis Siegel, that contains... well, almost everything. From cars, costumes, body parts and instruments to fruits and vegetables, and much more, readers will be hard pressed to find something this book does not cover, as they literally climb on top of the spreads to identify their favorites. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2005 November)

PreS-Gr 3 -Following the same format as Zoo-Ology (Roaring Brook, 2003), Jolivet has taken 13 diverse categories such as trees and flowers, the human body, tools, and historical costumes, and illustrated dozens of objects both unique and commonplace on spreads almost two feet high. There is no attempt to maintain relative size. The hedgehog is the same size as the snail, the squirrel is smaller than the butterfly, etc. Extinct animals mingle with those that are not, and colors are not always natural. While some objects are specifically labeled, many are given only their generic name, e.g., duck or frog as opposed to mallard duck or red-eyed tree frog. The glossary provides more information, but some of it is misleading. The entry under crab states that these animals live "…between rocks on the seaside," a statement that is not true for the one pictured and the majority of others. The pages on the human body feature an anatomically correct male and female, as well as a silhouette of a child in utero. The linocut prints can be appreciated for their artistic quality and will be fun for browsers to pore over, but instructive possibilities are limited.-Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ

[Page 94]. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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