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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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. REVWRCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved