Danny Dodo’s Detective Diary: Learn All About Extinct and Endangered Animals

Thames & Hudson. Jun. 2021. 48p. Tr $19.95. ISBN 9780500652077.
Gr 1-3–Readers can learn about extinct and endangered animals in this cute diary-like guide as Danny Dodo travels around the globe introducing animals like black rhinos, moas, parrots, frogs and toads, Tasmanian tigers, and more. Each animal is addressed by name (Madam Mayleen, Small Paul, etc.), and their environments, activities, food sources, and the cause of their devastation is presented. The book includes a glossary of terms and an index as back matter, and an interesting table of contents that features every animal displayed with their names and page numbers scattered over the page. The illustrations are colorful and reminiscent of the work of Eric Carle. The text also includes information about the differences between endangered, extinct, and vulnerable species. A short guide on how to help the planet covers the topics of habitat loss, climate change, pollution, and more.
VERDICT A cute addition to nonfiction sections where books on animals are popular.

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