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omnibeasts: animal poems and paintings Hardcover – October 1, 2004


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books; 1 edition (October 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152050388
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152050382
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 8.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,598,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 2-6–With selections from seven of Florian's successful collections of creature poetry, Omnibeasts is a treasure chest of wit and charm. The author weaves information into each poem, combining fun and fact. For example, "The caterpillar's brain is small–/It only knows to eat and crawl." Flounders are described: "While waiting on/Their smooth white side/Below the sand/For food they hide,/Awaiting shrimp/And smaller fishes,/These flattish, mattish/Living dishes." Many of the poems are cleverly shaped to mirror their subjects–the humps of a camel, a python's curl, salmon leaping upstream, and the quills of a porcupine. In addition, the verses are loaded with hilarious wordplay: "Orange newt./Orange you cute" and "Woodpeckers are peckuliar things." Combined with Florian's signature watercolors, many painted on paper bags, each short offering occupies its own spread. This book has enormous appeal for readers of many ages.–Lee Bock, Glenbrook Elementary School, Pulaski, WI
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From Booklist

Gr. 1-4. This collection of poems and art, selected from the author's whimsical, pun-filled previous books, is longer than any of Florian's earlier works, but readers and listeners won't mind. His creativity is on display once again--from clever wordplay ("I am a cat of longhaired version. / A pet-igree that's known as purrrsian") to tricks with type, as in "The Porcupine," which features lines of text springing vertically from a creature's back as if they were spines. In the best selections, the art echoes the humor in the poetry. For example, Florian describes flounders metaphorically as "living dishes," then pictures one flanked by subtly shadowy silverware. Fans who already own the other books don't need this, but the varied, witty selection, comprising some of Florian's best work, is just right for libraries that can afford to buy only one volume. REVWR
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More About the Author

Douglas Florian is the creator of many acclaimed picture books including Dinothesaurus, which received starred reviews in four major publications, Comet, Stars, The Moon and Mars, a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year and Horn Book Fanfare List selection; Bow Wow Meow Meow, winner of the Gryphon Award and a Parents Magazine Best Book of the Year; and Lizards, Frogs and Polliwogs, a Bulletin Blue Ribbon Book. He lives and works in New York and has read his poetry at Carnegie Hall, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Poets House, and The White House.

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By M. Robles on January 20, 2008
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My husband does story time when our 3-year-old goes to bed each night, and they both love this book. The poems are silly and entertaining on both a child's and an adult's levels. It's easy to flip through and pick out a few poems each night. The poems help my daughter learn new things - or lesser-known facts - about familiar animals, and also learn about new animals. The meter & rhymes are fun and really catch kids' attention.
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By Kenn Nesbitt on September 21, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Douglas Florian's poems and paintings are always a pleasure to read and enjoy, but this book really stands out as a sort of "greatest hits" collection, containing selected verses and illustrations from seven of his book of previous books of animal poetry. The poems are so whimsical and fun that he makes it look almost effortless. And I've never seen kids spend so much time poring over paintings; they could stare for hours. If you're looking for a book to introduce yourself or someone else to Douglas Florian, this is a great one.
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By Jeff Schiltz on October 3, 2011
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The book came sooner than later and was in perfect condition. It was nice to receive the book sooner than promised so that it could be used in the classroom sooner. Great job!
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