Tuesday, June 21

Animal Planet: Farm Animals & Wild Animals (with giveaway!)

Yep, I'm continuing my celebration of Zoo Month! Check out this review and then look out below for a huge animal-tastic book giveaway!


Animal Planet: Wild Animals & Farm Animals
Laaren Brown

My rating: ★★★★

Publisher: Animal Planet
Date of publication: June 21, 2016
Age: Grades 1 - 4
Genre: Nonfiction
Format: ARCs from publisher

Themes: wild animals, farm animals, habitats, behavior, food, survival,

Over 400 photos combined were used to create these habitat-by-habitat guides that provide kids with the perfect bite-sized views of their favorite farm animals and wild animals. Arranged thematically with focus on animal behavior and family relationships, young readers will explore sections about animal bodies, baby animals, food, play time, conservation and more. Special book features include Quick Bites sidebars with cool animal facts, simple infographics, and illustrated maps from life on the Africa Savannah to life on the farm.

Combined, yes, I gave the books a 4-star rating. Because, really, they are great—especially the photos (So. Many. Gorgeous. Photos. They do these "vistas" with a huge double-page-spread photo of an awesome animal and I love it.). But in this case, I did like Farm Animals a little better than Wild Animals mainly because it felt like the latter was trying to cover SO MUCH. I mean, there are a LOT of wild animals. A lot. So that book felt a bit more scattered. Granted, it has quite the range of exciting animals that I'm sure kids will love. Farm Animals is concentrated and comprehensive and a bit more unified.

In either case, kids will love poring over these books and learning all sorts of fun, random facts (did you know that giraffes only need about a half hour of sleep in a 24-hour period? Talk about your party animal...). And while the organization may feel a bit random at times, there are super helpful glossaries and indexes (indices?) in the back. There's also content online, like these fact cards. I definitely recommend these books.

Obviously—because now I'm doing a massive let's-celebrate-zoo-month-with-totally-awesome-animals-books GIVEAWAY! In this giveaway, you'll get FIVE books from Animal Planet including these two books just reviewed, the previous two books in the Animal Bites series (Polar Animals & Ocean Animals) that I reviewed back here, AND the Animal Atlas that I reviewed last week! Enter below:

You can also find Farm Animals at your library or on Amazon, and Wild Animals at your library or on Amazon

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Open to the US only, ends 5/3/2016. No purchase is necessary. Void where prohibited. We and the publisher/publicity department are not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items. If you are under 13, please get a parent or guardian's permission to enter. Winner will be chosen randomly via Rafflecopter after the contest ends. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to to the email, otherwise we will pick a new winner. 
If you have any questions, feel free to email me emily{at}literaryhoots{dot}com

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