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School Library Journal - 02/01/2016 K-Gr 3—Every living creature requires a way to travel from one place to another, as showcased in this informative exploration of animal mobility. Jenkins and Page highlight a variety of animals, both familiar (frogs, dogs, and elephants) and unusual (cormorants, sugar gliders, and mudskippers). The engaging narrative is organized by type of locomotion, such as walking, leaping, swimming, climbing, and flying. Two spreads comprise each section. In the first spread, the authors introduce a particular type of movement by explaining why and how a specific animal moves in a unique or unexpected way. The next spread expands upon the concept with further details about other animals. For example, the leaping lizard is followed by a jumping spider, a penguin that rockets from the water, a bounding springbok, and a ring-tailed lemur that vaults from tree to tree. Set against white space, the collage illustrations portray the animals in a subdued palette of earth tones that enhances the natural representation of each creature. They jump, slither, and float across the pages, and the layout of the accompanying text further emphasizes the sense of movement. Back matter provides additional information. VERDICT This fine overview is destined to be a popular addition to any science collection.—Linda L. Walkins, Saint Joseph Preparatory High School, Boston - Copyright 2016 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 03/15/2016 Have you ever seen a leaping lemur, a tumbling toad, a jet-propelled jellyfish, or a flying snake? These are but a few creatures featured in Jenkins and Page’s latest nonfiction read on animals and the peculiar ways they travel from place to place. The award-winning husband-and-wife team neatly categorize animal locomotion into seven distinct groups and then introduce each section with a common animal and basic information regarding its typical movement. The sections are then subdivided into lesser-known species and the reasons behind their modes of transport. For example, one section opens with a rolling spider, followed by a two-page spread of animals that travel by whirling (tiger beetle larva), tumbling (pebble toad), somersaulting (mantis shrimp), and rolling (hedgehog, armadillo lizard, and pangolin). With a collection of more than 40 species, this spectacular arrangement of creatures is delicately rendered in Jenkins’ signature, eye-catching collage style. Closing with a list of categories and its accompanying critters, this is highly educational and a treat to behold. - Copyright 2016 Booklist.
Bulletin for the Center... - 06/01/2016 In their ongoing exploration of the natural world, Jenkins and Page have addressed a variety of subjects, and here they turn to animal motion and some critters who move through the world in surprising ways. Each section starts with a featured example and then explores a gallery of practitioners-the walking section, for example, goes from an octopus (which walks on two of its tentacles) to bats, millipedes, kangaroos (which use their tails as a fifth leg), etc. The book also catalogues leapers (the legendary leaping lizard jumps several times its own body length), swimmers (Asian elephants swim “using their trunks as snorkels”), climbers (coconut crabs can climb trees), gliders (a flying snake can sail from tree to tree), rollers (pangolins can roll away from a threat), and jetters (“A frogfish . . . surges forward by expelling water from its gills”). The movements aren’t always clearly conveyed (vignettes floating against white backgrounds make it hard to envision the environmental interaction), but otherwise the featured animals are well chosen for diversity and interest, and the locomotion methods are startling and intriguing. This is therefore a useful addition to the ever-expanding Jenkins/Page nature study shelves. A two-page overview of the featured animals is appended. DS - Copyright 2016 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.