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Look Who Lives in the Desert!: Bouncing and Pouncing, Hiding and Gliding, Sleeping and Creeping Hardcover – September, 2004


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Arizona Highways (September 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932082093
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932082098
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 10.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #231,263 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 1-3–Anyone who lives near the desert might identify with the humorous accounts of 20 animals in these cartoon parodies of their habitats. A roadrunner runs in jogging garb; a cougar reclines on a red sofa. Accompanied by bulleted facts and a tiny color photograph, the combined fanciful and factual study of these creatures reveals the desert's diversity. Rhyming couplets and a riot of patterned collage art in deep jewel tones pair with large-eyed creatures of arid regions in scenarios showing absurdly human activities, while the "Fascinating Facts" boxes for each animal instruct readers. "Tortoises can walk up to seven miles a day." "A cougar… makes a purring sound. For this reason it is considered a 'small cat.'" Bessesen's years with the Phoenix Zoo provide inspiration for the text in a book designed for both entertainment and information.–Mary Elam, Forman Elementary School, Plano, TX
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"fanciful and factual ... a book designed for both entertainment and information."

--School Library Journal

"clever details hold the children's interest while educating them at the same time... well done."

--Southwest BookViews

"I went to my 8-year old granddaughter for her review ... the book passed inspection with flying colors. ... she was soon reciting several favorites [and that's] a good endorsement from any youngster."
--David E. Brown, Wildlife Views

"Sly, humorous touches in the patchwork-style illustrations, coupled with 'fascinating facts' in sidebars, create revealing looks into the creatures' habitats and traits."

--Southwest Books of the Year

"a delightful and educational treasure for children."
--Borders Books & Music

More About the Author

As a naturalist, Brooke Bessesen studies wildlife and supports conservation. She's had many unique animal experiences and enjoys traveling to far-off lands rich in biodiversity. She worked at the Phoenix Zoo, both at the animal hospital and appearing on local and national television with animals as the zoo's on-camera naturalist. and currently serves as a wildlife rescue volunteer for Liberty Wildlife and the Humane Society of the United States Animal Rescue Team. Join some animal adventures on her blog: www.brookebessesen.com/blog.

Brooke brings her tremendous animal experience and knowledge to the writing table. She is the recipient of the 2012 Judy Goddard Author/Illustrator Award and has written several children's books for both the educational and trade markets. Her popular picture book "Look Who Lives in the Ocean!" is a humorous nonfiction picture book about marine species is a sequel to "Look Who Lives in the Desert!", which received the Glyph Award for Best Children's Nonfiction and Southwest Books of the Year Top Pick for Kids. Her vibrant artwork is created from pencil drawings and colored with fabrics.

"Zachary Z. Packrat and His Amazing Collections", illustrated by Flo & Friend's cartoonist Jenny Campbell, was nominated for a 2011 Grand Canyon Reader Award. It was also the 2009 Phoenix Public Library Project G.O.A.L. book.

Also an award-winning television producer, Brooke worked many years in broadcast programming. Her credits include KTVK's weekly series "A Brighter Day with Jan D'Atri", and stories for National Geographic Channel, Style Network and Discovery Health.

Brooke now speaks at schools across the country, and keynotes for diverse audiences from renowned aquariums to the International Reading Association, sharing her passion for books and animals. As the founding member of the Authors for Earth Day coalition (www.authorsforearthday.org), she inspires young readers to use their own writing to help care for our blue planet.

Take a spin around Brooke's world of words and wildlife at www.brookebessesen.com or visit her public Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Brooke-Bessesen/105806588835.

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Fun book regardless of age..... :)
W. Schacht
I am a 3rd grade teacher and the kids in my class absolutely love Brooke Bessesen's books.
Beth R. Schaffer
When my son was little, he loved the clever rhymes and colorful drawings.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By H. Baldwin on August 21, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book for kids of all ages who want to learn about desert animals. The rhymes are so fun and the illustrations have so much hidden silliness, that you forget you're learning so much. Best of all, it works on many levels. When my children were small, they liked the bright colors and the meter of the verses. As they've gotten older, they've started to make new discoveries in the pictures. And my oldest now likes to read the side columns with all the factual information about each animal.
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Your kids are in for a treat! We've all experienced children's books with no substance, and educational children's books that aren't much fun. What makes "Look Who Lives in the Desert" so special, is that along with being a marvelous children's writer and illustrator, author Brooke Bessesen is a seasoned naturalist with extensive experience working on such worthy causes as the Baja California Condor Project and the Phoenix Zoo.
So not only are Bessesen's books a blast, but they feature deep educational value that will educate and entertain your child (and you!) for years to come. Along with fanciful illustrations and captivating characters, the author incorporates sidebars on every page with fascinating true facts about the creatures she writes about. (Like how vultures pee on their legs to cool off - now what kid won't appreciate that?!) Not only do these sidebars provide additional depth to share with your kids as they get older, but after reading this book to your child you're gonna want to sneak off to some quiet corner and read more juicy details yourself!
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By Janice M. Richards on September 5, 2009
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Every child, and every kid at heart, needs this book. For the literary type, there's poetic whimsy. For the scientist, there are astounding facts about desert animals. For the artistic, there are the fun illustrations where you find something new each time. Look Who Lives In The Desert! is a book that mixes fact and fun in a great way with rhyme, information, illustration and real photographs. It's a wonderful book for parents to read with their children, and a great reference for young students who are learning about the desert. I hope this book is in the newsstands at Sky Harbor Airport because it is a great book to take to the grandkids, too.
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Look who lives in the desert! Bouncing and Pouncing, Hiding and Gliding, Sleeping and Creeping by Brooke Bessesen is a most delightful picture book to be enjoyed by young and old. The "fascinating facts" on the sidebars - complete with photographs - provide detailed information for the more curious. I am intrigued by the whimsical drawings which add to the charm of this special picture book.

Look who lives in the desert! is a great addition to every elementary school and classroom library. Teaching resources for the book are available.
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This is a gem of a book. Brooke Bessesen cleverly weaves rhyming, facts and humor in this non-fiction work. Brooke's love of nature, animals and perfect word choice really come through in her writing. I am a 3rd grade teacher and the kids in my class absolutely love Brooke Bessesen's books. If you ever have the opportunity to hear Brooke speak to a group of children, she is very dynamic and a terrific presenter!
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