Today for Nonfiction Monday I'm going to cheat a little.
This past week, the finalists for the various Cybils awards were announced and today I want to feature those dear to my heart -- the Nonfiction Picture Information finalists.
Here is one that caught my eye.
The following review was written by Debbie Nance. You can see it and others on the Cybils link above:
Life-Size Zoo: From Tiny Rodents to Gigantic Elephants, An Actual Size Animal Encyclopedia Created by Teruyuki Komiya with photographs by Toyofumi Fukuda. Seven Footer Press, 2009. Available now.
Nominated by: Anastasia Suen
There are those who claim that bigger is better. If that’s so, then we can stop here: Life-Size Zoo is definitely bigger. Life-Size Zoo is so big that the tiptop will always peek out of your backpack.
But bigger isn’t the only thing Life-Size Zoo has going for it. A table of contents that any teacher would die to teach with in her classroom and that any kid would happily, almost unknowingly, utilize, a table of contents shaped like a zoo map, no less (and oh-so-clever). An information sheet about the animals on the front end papers. Brilliant photographs of zoo animals, amazing close-ups. Lists of details to look for on the photographs. Fun fold-out pages. Oodles and oodles of cool facts about the animals.
And what great choices of animals: a panda, zebra, tiger (those scary teeth), gorilla, rhino (with a horn made of hair?), anteater (what a nose!), koala (much smaller than I would have expected). And more. Much, much more. Kids line up to check out this book. And they don’t just check it out. You can see them everywhere, reading it with their friends. Life-Size Zoo is bigger, yes, and better, too.
More about the team that chose these 7 finalists out of 73 possible books can be found at Check It Out.
Other Nonfiction Monday reviews can be located by clicking on Anastasia Suen's Picture book of the Day. -wendieO