The Big Book of Beasts

illus. by Yuval Zommer. 64p. index. Thames & Hudson. Apr. 2017. Tr $19.95. ISBN 9780500651063.
Gr 1–3—By no means a comprehensive collection of all things beastly, this book provides an overview of some of the more popular creatures, from baboons and wolves to tigers and bears. (The "big" from the title refers to the large trim size.) The work is split up into just a few sections: "Beastly Families" (animal family tree), "Claws and Jaws" (protection and defense), and "Howls, Growls, and Smells" (communication). Also included is a section on backyard beasts (e.g., black bears and possums). An interactive "Can You Find?" game involving paw prints adds a bit of fun (answers are offered in the back). The illustrations are vibrant and whimsical, and the animals' facial expressions are bound to elicit laughs.
VERDICT A cute addition for libraries in search of a browsable compendium or for fans of Zommer.

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