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Gone Wild (Caldecott Honor Book) Hardcover – September 5, 2006


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 1
  • Series: Caldecott Honor Book
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Childrens; First Edition edition (September 5, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802795633
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802795632
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 11.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #608,047 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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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About the Author

David McLimans has won numerous awards for his editorial illustration, including an Award of Excellence from the Society of Newspaper Designers and a Certificate of Excellence from Print magazine.  His work has appeared the Washington Post, AIGA, Time, the New York Times, the Progressive, Atlantic Monthly, and Harper's. This is his first children's book.  He lives and works in Madison, Wisconsin.

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The illustrations are fabulous!
Beverly Schairer
It has been challenging for him and it is amazing to seem him learn so quickly using this type of tool.
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It's a book that adults think will catch the interest of little ones and does not.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By D. Smith on April 12, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Ostensibly about the alphabet, this book teaches so much more. Through clever illustrations, McLimans introduces children (and adults!) to a variety of endangered animals. Each page contains a stylized black-and-white illustration of the animal in the form of a letter along with a separate stylized red illustration of the animal. For instance, the head of the bald-headed Ukari is integrated into the shape of the letter U, while the entire animal is portrayed in red next to the letter design. Each page also contains facts about the animal (such as its natural habitat and potential threats).

Students, teachers, and parents interested in exotic or unusual animals or becoming more aware of environmental issues will find this book worthwhile. This book is appropriate for families or classrooms of mixed ages since younger children can practice their letters while older children can learn about these unusual and endangered animals.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Joan B. Johnston on May 21, 2007
Format: Hardcover
this is a wonderfuly illustrated book that manages to incorporate the many species of endangered animals names with the letters of the alphabet.While I bought it for my grandson(2) he is too young to appreciate it, so I have put it away for him to enjoy in the years ahead. I recommend it for the art work and for all the information that is on each page.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Louie on October 10, 2007
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My 16 months old really enjoyed the book. She likes the graphics - which is done in black and white. We adults enjoyed the actual reading portion. The information is very educational. I can see my baby reading this book with a different perspective when she is older.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Beatriz Gonzalez Jimenez on September 29, 2007
Format: Hardcover
A truly beautiful and creative book that reminds us of those great typography designers such as Aldus Manutius, Nicolas Jenson or Claude Garamond. My child loved discovering wild (and sadly endangered) animals through the pages of Gone Wild.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jamie Whitten on January 9, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This purchase was made for my grandson. Even though he just turned 4, he was excited and able to easily identify all of the symbols used in this book. I believe it is stimulating, creates an environment of not only imagination, but the desire to learn more. It has been challenging for him and it is amazing to seem him learn so quickly using this type of tool. I would recommend this book - especially for any children that are familiar with many of the other books available through Amazon that are similar in content(i.e. What do You Do With A Tail Like This?).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Beverly Schairer on November 22, 2008
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The illustrations are fabulous! I have used it with my Pre-Kindergarten class for the past three years. Always a huge hit!
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I made a quilt of all the blocks and it is awesome!
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By heavyreader on December 10, 2010
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This is a book not only for cuddling up with my grandchildren, but for their own quiet contemplation. The black-and-white drawings are delightful and clever. Multiple viewings just add depth to what a child sees.
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