Using a fictional setting, talking animals, humorous text, and cartoon illustrations, Kaner and Anderson combine forces to create a unique and engaging compendium of animal facts. The book is arranged as if we are watching the World Animal Games, and readers will enjoy guessing which animal will win each contest. Each event is announced (weight lifting, swimming, long jump, etc.), and text boxes give brief facts about the various animal competitors. Once given the facts, kids are encouraged to guess the winner, which is revealed on the following page along with the human record for the same event. The book includes a world map for locating the habitat of each animal, but adults will need to fill in some information about the animal kingdom at large and the differences between mammals, birds, insects, fish, and amphibians. Whereas most animal books for this age group focus on one particular animal or habitat, this is a good introduction to a broader range and the unusual strengths and abilities that come with it. Grades K-3. --J. B. Petty
About the Author
Etta Kaner is an elementary school teacher and writer for both children and educators. Her children's books have won numerous awards, including the Silver Birch Award, the Scientific American Young Readers Book Award and the Science in Society Book Award. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.
Cartoonist and illustrator David Anderson has written and illustrated two children's books of his own. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.