It’s Perfect Picture Book Friday, my favorite day of the week! This week, I picked a book I have been studying closely for voice and structure. I’m revising a tongue-in-cheek nonfiction manuscript, and Heos’s work provides inspiration, especially when I’m trying to get into the voice.
AUTHOR: Bridge Heos
ILLUSTRATOR: Stephane Jorisch
PUBLICATION INFO: Lerner’s Millbrook Press, 2012
INTENDED AUDIENCE: ages 6-11
GENRE: faction (nonfiction/fiction blend)
OPENING and SYNOPSIS:
“Congratulations, crocodilian parents-to-be! You have little ones on the way. You must be thrilled! You’re probably a little nervous too.”
From the publisher’s Website:
“Read this book to find out where to lay your eggs, how you’ll know when the babies are ready to hatch, and what you and your babies will do all day long. Whether you’re an alligator, caiman, crocodile, or even a funny-looking gharial, you’ll find answers to all your parenting questions here. But there’s one condition: don’t eat the book!”
THEMES/TOPICS: crocodilians, reptiles, animals, nature, science
WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: Heos makes informational books fun for kids AND parents. As a parent who devoured What to Expect When You’re Expecting, this animal spoof is irresistible.
The book features many resources in the backmatter. Here are a few others:
- National Geographic Kids has videos, pictures and sound clips of a number of crocodilians, including the American Alligator and the Nile Crocodile.
- You can find alligator and crocodile crafts at DLTK.
- Reptiles Alive has reptile lesson plans. National Geographic has a K-2 lesson plan. DiscoveryChannel has a 6th-8th grade lesson plan.
Every Friday bloggers review “Perfect Picture Books.” Find a complete list of book reviews organized by topic, genre and blogger at author Susanna Leonard Hill’s site.