FICTION

Now You See Them, Now You Don't: Poems About Creatures Who Hide

illus. by Giles Laroche. 32p. ebook available. further reading. Charlesbridge. Feb. 2016. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781580896108.
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Gr 1–3—In this attractive collection of poetry about camouflage in nature, 19 entries are grouped into five sections: "Sea Life," "Reptiles & Amphibians," "Mammals," "Insects & Spiders," and "Birds." Each selection focuses on one creature, highlighting its use of camouflage in the wild. The verse is brief but catchy, and Harrison's sound use of rhythm and rhyme results in offerings that are pleasant to read aloud. Each poem is accompanied by an illustration done in cut-paper relief on hand-painted papers. Reminiscent of Steve Jenkins's collages, they are lively and engaging. Back matter contains additional information about each creature, including its scientific name and a few suggestions for further reading.
VERDICT An altogether appealing volume for young poetry aficionados and animal lovers alike.

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