From School Library Journal
Grade 3 Up–Although organized as a conventional alphabet book, the letters here are far from ordinary. McLimans has created a black-and-white iconic representation of 26 endangered animals, and his art is striking. For example, the newt's eyes protrude slightly from the sides of N, while its tongue emerges from the lower point. An accompanying box on each page includes a small, stylized red-and-white image of the animal plus information about its class, habitat, range, and threats to its survival. Back matter includes a paragraph about each creature along with a list of Web sites for organizations that help endangered animals and books for further reading. This title will serve more as a tool to raise awareness and a place to begin searching for information rather than as a source of facts. However, the arresting graphics and clean design will hold viewers' attention and create interest in the topic. The book could also serve as a starting point for art and design projects for students well above elementary school age.–Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato
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McLimans has created a black-and-white iconic representation of 26 endangered animals, and his art is striking.... The arresting graphics and clean design will hold viewers' attention and create interest in the topic. (School Library Journal
An impressive showcase in visual design, the letters artfully use both filled and empty space to evoke . . . their living counterparts. (Kirkus Reviews
The black silhouetted numbers are sinuous and compelling in this unique and imaginative description of the dangers facing ocean life today. (School Library Journal on Gone Fishing
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