The list author says: "A collection of books we've checked out from the library and/or purchased that our daughter Isabel has enjoyed the sights and sounds of as a young toddler (12-24mo) and will probably enjoy again later when she can actually understand more of what's going on. Some of these are for school age children, but have enough visual interest to them to entertain her now."
"Not intended for children, but Isabel loves looking at the pictures and it's a nice change for the adult reader from the Big Book of Animals style baby animal books. Bonus points for teaching your toddler to identify lemurs, ganets, lynx and other animals not usually featured in kiddy books."
"I'm not actually too impressed with this one, but Isabel is. I find the art pretty blah (characters frequently can only be recognized from page to page because they are wearing the same clothes) and the demands of the extreme abbreviation have not been kind to the text."
"I picked this up because the art looked so dark & bizarre for a kid's book that I was curious. Didn't think Isabel would look at it twice, but she's been fascinated. Much to my husband's dismay, because he HATES the tone of the story. The Curious Garden is a similar tale, but much more enjoyable. Makes a lot more sense than this one, too. But the grungy digital art look is cool."
"As usual Gustafson manages to paint animals that look almost realistic enough to be from a non-fiction book on nature, and yet look perfectly natural wearing clothes, playing musical instruments and other things wild animals do not do. Impressive and entertaining!"