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Cat nap
Potter, Keith R.
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San Francisco, Calif. : Chronicle Books, 1999.
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43 pages ; 25 cm
Discusses and compares the habitats and behavior of three of the big cats: cheetahs, lions, and tigers
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QL737.C23 P68 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Welcome to Doodlezoo where there are no zookeepers or cages and animated creatures roam with their real-world counterparts. Meet King and Queen Penguin, Ryan Lion, Funkey Monkey, Edgar the Blue-Toed Tiger, and the rest of the Doodlezoo cast. Doodlezoo combines amusing illustrated characters and real-life animals in one big, wild, educational party! Ages 7-10.In Cat Nap, Ryan Lion, Miss Cheetah, and Edgar the Blue-Toed Tiger journey through Africa and Asia to see how the big cats live. Learn the fun facts that the animated trio discover about their wild side. This is an excellent introduction to wild cats for young readers. King and Queen Penguin travel to the Antarctic to meet their relatives in Seven Weeks on an Iceberg. Not only is this a hilarious adventure, but it also teaches children about the wild and wondrous world of the Antarctica and the many different species of penguins living there.

Author Notes

Keith R. Potter has worked as an illustrator, designer and art director. Recently, he was an affiliate artist-in-residence at the Marin Headlands Center for the Arts in California. These are his first books for children.Jana Leo is an artist who has exhibited her film and photographic work in New York and Europe. Ms. Leo is currently studying architecture. These, too, are her first published books for children.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-4-A breezy introduction to cheetahs, lions, and Bengal tigers set in the animals' natural domains. Potter and Leo have superimposed a gimmicky humorous scheme on an otherwise straightforward presentation of text and photographs. Three computer-enhanced cartoon animals-Edgar, the Blue-Toed Tiger; Ryan Lion; and Miss Cheetah-are laid onto every scene and add their short quips in dialogue balloons. The informative text has an upbeat zing. "Cheetahs are carnivores, which means that like all cats they eat meat. (Freshly killed, still-on-the-bone, red, raw meat!)" The discussion touches on each animal's size, coloration, social behavior, hunting and eating, care of its young, and communication. Blocks of text in black or white print are laid over the double-page full-bleed photographs. Small, black inset blocks add further details. The photographs vary in quality, though the cartoon figures-somtimes in gold and orange tones and other times as dark silhouettes-dominate the foreground or distract the eye. At the outset, one of the interlopers wonders whether "...wild cats act anything like the little fluffy ones humans have at home." That point gets only a brief occasional nod. Readers will find out much more in Hope Ryden's Your Cat's Wild Cousins (Dutton, 1992) or in the many other titles available about big cats. Still, this is an interesting and informative offering that has the cluttered look of a children's magazine article.-Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.