Jumping Penguins

Jumping Penguins

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"Funny, bizarre, unbelievable, and weird facts about twenty five different animals. The animal facts are straightforward nonfiction, Marije Tolman's illustrations are pure fantasy"--p. [4] of cover
Publisher: New York : Lemniscaat, c2013
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9781935954323
1935954326
Branch Call Number: J 590 Tolm
Characteristics: 59 p. : col. ill ; 30 cm
Additional Contributors: Goossens, Jesse - Author

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Mar 12, 2014

Beautiful illustrations!

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Nov 30, 2013

Without relying on a specific hook (or precedent, for that matter) the combined efforts of Goossens and Tolman present you with something that looks, at first glance, like a picture book. Linger with it long and it’s rapidly clear that the overwhelming sense at the end is that the natural world is an awesome place. How many other animal fact books can say so much? Read this and you’ll find yourself amazed that you never knew half these facts. This is a book to inspire that most impossible of feelings: Wonder.

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Nov 30, 2013

"A giraffe has no vocal cords. It has as many vertebrae as you do."

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Nov 30, 2013

“Panther: A black panther is not a panther at all – it is a leopard that happens to be black.”

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Nov 30, 2013

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 6 and 11

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Nov 30, 2013

Without so much as a howdy-do, Jumping Penguins leaps into the thick of it right from the start. Turn the page and here we have a rather delightful turtle birthday party looking at us. The turtle of the hour is wearing a party hat that reads “150” while before him (her?) other turtles pile on top of one another, Yertle-style. As your eye wanders to the text on the far right you start reading startling and interesting facts. There are 33 species of turtles. The largest weighs as much as a small car. The oldest tortoise of all time was 225 years old when it died. Flipping through the book you are struck by the variety of facts. Sometimes these can be incredibly short (including the near non sequitur “A polar bear is left-handed, as are most artists.”) while others fill out the page from top to bottom. Fun, original pictures filling near two-page spreads continue throughout the book. There’s no particular order to the animals, but by the end you feel you’ve seen a wide variety. An index appears at the end of the book.

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