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."
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