The Amazing Animal Adventure: An Around-the-World Spotting Expedition

illus. by Brendan Kearney. 64p. index. Laurence King. Aug. 2016. Tr $19.95. ISBN 9781780678450.
Gr 1–3-An oversize "find-the-pictures" book where none of the animals are particularly well-hidden and the illustrations often contradict the stated animal facts. This British import features 21 different illustrated habitats, along with answer keys, three pages of infographics, and an index. Kearney's cartoon-style art is enjoyable, and the colors are well saturated and vary in hue from spread to spread; causal browsers are likely to be pleased. However, young animal aficionados could easily be disappointed by the title's inaccurate depictions. Hydrothermal vent scale worms are described in the text as "pretty and pink" but are illustrated as a beige, pale yellow. Andean flamingoes, which are the only species of flamingo to have yellow legs, are portrayed with black legs. Claybourne states that the Karoo bustard is "usually seen in pairs," but the accompanying scene shows only one.
VERDICT Not recommended.-Kacy Helwick, New Orleans Public Library

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