A variety of graphs, charts, decision trees, and other infographics help explain animal species, speed, danger to humans, migration, sleep cycles, tongue and horn lengths, and more.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Compelling visual presentation makes the information accessible and exciting. Highly recommended for all science collection.
— School Library Journal, starred review
The intriguing and engaging format of this title is stimulating on a variety of levels, and the approach should appeal to a wide range of students, especially visual learners, something for which educators will be grateful. A brilliantly executed take on a perennially high-interest topic.
— Booklist, starred review
The clean design places both the animal images and the connected infographics on generous white space with clear labels. Aspects such as size and biomass are presented to scale, and these comparisons always include humans. In an afterword, Jenkins explains where he got his numbers and how he dealt with conflicting statistics. A special treat for all who love animal statistics.
— Kirkus, starred review
The art includes Jenkins’ familiar and precise cut-paper collages, plus data visualizations such as creative bar charts, a lively flow chart, and a node-link diagram, all of which gives the book additional value as a near-painless introduction to data representation. Animal-loving kids, sensationalism-loving kids, and facts-loving kids will be surprised to find common ground here.
— Bulletin, starred review
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Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12 for 2017
Raleigh News & Observer Best of 2016