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8: An Animal Alphabet Hardcover – July 28, 2015
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From School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—More than an oversize alphabet book (and slightly less than most counting books). Cooper's 8 is filled with playful representations of animals both familiar and exotic. He explains that he chose the number "because 8 is round and adorable…not too big, and not so small, but just right." Each letter features several different animals including one type that's depicted eight times, which is what encourages the counting element of the book. Some may quibble that the animals are not drawn to scale (for instance, a dung beetle should not appear as large as a deer's tail), but the fun of seeing eight varieties of hummingbirds or being introduced to a yabby surely outweighs such petty complaints. All of the creatures are identified in the formidable pictorial "Did You Know?" section at the back. VERDICT Unusual in its conception and scope and illustrated with joy, this is an alphabet book to pore over, worth adding to any collection.—Miriam Lang Budin, Chappaqua Library, NY
* "Cooper's loose watercolor images are arranged harmoniously against spacious white backgrounds…The heavy paper will withstand repeated viewings, which are guaranteed. Don't get behind the eight ball: order now; it's great fun." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* "It’s a feast of fauna!" -- Booklist, starred review
* "Illustrated with joy, this is an alphabet book to pore over, worth adding to any collection." -- School Library Journal, starred review
* "A skillfull blending of counting and matching elements into an animal-themed abecedary." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review
Praise for Train :
* "A poetic, beautifully conceived book." --Booklist, starred review
* "The loose watercolor-and-pencil artwork hums with activity and energy." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* "Cooper's signature sun-bleached watercolors beautifully convey human achievements and nature's grandeur through both detail and a range of scale." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review
Praise for Farm :
* "It's as thorough and pleasing an introduction to a farm as one could ask of a picture book." -- The Horn Book Magazine, starred review
* "The graceful text and serenely stunning illustrations create a portrait both reverent and realistic." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review
Praise for Beach :
Society of Illustrators Gold Medal (2006)
"Cooper's portrayal of a day at the shore is generous with such minutiae; his fondness for his subject is evident and infectious." -- School Library Journal
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On each page, there is the letter of the alphabet and a lot of animals whose names start with that letter. Some of the animals drawn are really unusual. It was interesting to learn the names of animals I did not know of until I read this book, like abalone, uakari and quoll. The names of the animals are on the bottom of each page. Our job is to discover and identify all the animals on the page. I thought the upupa was a really cute name! Each page also has one animal repeated 8 times and we have to figure out which animal that is - and that's why the cover page has an '8' on it! Sometimes, it is hard to find all the 8 animals on the pages, because some are facing different directions, some are baby animals and some are adult animals. But, we learn a lot about how animals look too.
The drawings are nice, but not very colorful. But I guess that's how animals really look.
This is an ABC book, but it is for older kids who want to learn more than just simple ABC's. Not only do we get to find 8 of the same animal on each page, but we also learn a fun fact about each animal. At the back of the book, there is a four-page fun facts index from A to Z, with a picture of each animal and an interesting fact about it. The pictures help us figure out if we guessed all the animals correctly. And the facts are fun. The most fun thing I learned was how different animals keep cool - pigs wallow in mud, seals flip sand on their backs, and the most funny of all, vultures poop and pee on their legs to keep cool! But, one thing I did not enjoy was flipping back and forth between the letter pages and the fun facts index – that was not easy to do and I often needed a bookmark to do it!
I give this book 4 stars. I thought this book was fun. I learned the names of a lot of animals that I did not know before. I really enjoyed getting to know so many interesting facts about animals. But, it is not a simple book and not for everyone. I liked it because I am 6 years old, I love science and love learning new facts. But my brother who is 2 years old, did not enjoy it much. He did not understand many of the drawings, and only liked the letters on each page and the familiar animals. He did not seem to enjoy it much and found it too long, especially when I wanted to flip to the back of the book to read out the animal facts to him! I also wasn't able to finish the whole book in one sitting. So I don't think this book would be fun for anyone too young. My mom found it interesting, because she learned facts about animals and discovered animals she had not heard of before! So, this book could be read by anyone 6 years old and above!
This would be a great book for kids who love animals and love learning new and interesting things about them.
I will be reading this book over and over, because every time I read it, I notice something new on the pages and remember a new animal fact!
Review by Dhruv K., age 6, North Texas Mensa