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The Big Book of Animals of the World
Contributor(s): Konnecke, Ole (Author), Konnecke, Ole (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 177657012X     ISBN-13: 9781776570126
Publisher: Gecko Press
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Binding Type: Board Books
Published: September 2015


A large format board book of animals from all over the world, illustrated with charm and humor. Each spread in this big book focuses on a continent or ocean and features animals unique to that part of the world. Simple but charming, this is a great mix of world tour and day at the zoo, with plenty of room for spontaneous storytelling.

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BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals - General
Dewey: 590.9
Physical Information: 0.5" H x 10.1" W x 13.3" (1.55 lbs) 20 pages
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Contributor Bio(s): Konnecke, Ole: -

Ole Könnecke was born in 1961 and spent his childhood in Sweden. He now works as a freelance illustrator in Hamburg, Germany. He has won many awards, including the German Youth Literature award in 2005.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2015 August #2)

In this large-format board book, a follow-up to The Big Book of Words and Pictures (2012), cartoon animals with deadpan expressions appear in profile against white backgrounds. Across the bottom edge of the pages, Könnecke depicts the regions where the animals live—deserts, savannahs, mountain ranges—which bleed together in a way that hints at the globe's interconnectedness. Objects within the scenes are also identified (a rice paddy and pagoda offer clues to one spread's Asian setting) and, somewhat idiosyncratically, anthropomorphic rodents and birds appear throughout the scenes, painting, riding bicycles, and working as lumberjacks. While the unlabeled locations can be ambiguous, and animals that would not normally live in proximity sometimes appear side-by-side (for example, Komodo dragon and emu on an Australasian page), it's a lightly irreverent world tour and visual dictionary. Ages 1–5. (Sept.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2015 October)

K-Gr 2—This oversize German import is a typical big book of words, very much in the style of Richard Scarry. Each spread contains a scene or two with labels like barn, silo, and city, while in the ample white space above the scene are animals that one might find in that habitat. Personified mice appear on each page as well. The last page includes a map of the world with each continent labeled and some depictions of animals found in the book. The simple line drawings with watercolor washes are appealing but not particularly detailed. The book would benefit from each page being labeled to let readers know what part of the world they are exploring. VERDICT An additional purchase at best.—Jasmine L. Precopio, Fox Chapel Area School District, Pittsburgh, PA

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