Lynn: 14 celebrated children’s book illustrators answer Eric Carle’s central question: What’s Your Favorite Animal? (Henry Holt 2014). And a wild and varied lot of animals they are! Eric Carle leads off with his green-bean chasing cat Fifi gracing the opening spread. Each artist follows with 2 pages for their favorite animal and each page-turn offers a new delight. Erin Stead’s penguins march across the pages, Lucy Cousins draws a leaping leopard while Jon Klaasen provides a wacky duck with his webbed feet in the air. It is very hard to choose a favorite as each new choice is as charming and fun as the one before. This is treasure for every lover of picture books, young and old. What a great book to use in a classroom and then ask each student to draw their own favorite.
Cindy: Yes, page-turns. While readers are still smiling at Tom Litchtenheld’s giraffe with a Dairy Queen inspired cloud hairdo from walking tall they will turn the page to slither on the ground with Mo Willems’ favorite animal…but of course…an Amazonian Neotropical Lower River Tink-Tink. Why didn’t I think of that? The art is as diverse as the animal choices and will provide inspiration to young and old artists alike. The short illustrator biographies in the back (accompanied by Throwback Thursday – worthy photos) will provide a source for looking at more works by these talented artists.