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Mammalabilia : poems and paintings
Florian, Douglas.
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Publication Information:
San Diego, Calif. : Harcourt, [2000]

Physical Description:
47 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
A collection of humorous poems about mammals such as the tiger, gorilla, and rhebok.
Reading Level:
NP Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.2 0.5 46284.

Reading Counts RC K-2 3.4 1 Quiz: 21698 Guided reading level: P.

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PS3556.L589 M36 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
PS3556.L589 M36 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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In Douglas Florian's latest menagerie of twenty-one original poems and paintings, readers will be laughing out loud at the sheer silliness of his animal observations. With mammals ranging from the howling coyote and the wood-chopping beaver to the daring ibex and the speedy tiger, here is a zooful of furry fun like no other! The fifth book in a celebrated animal poetry collection series from a Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award winner * Twenty-one poems and paintings that blend humor with scientific information *Companion to the immensely popular insectlopedia, a Publishers Weekly children's bestseller that delighted Daniel Pinkwater's audience on National Public Radio

Author Notes

Douglas Florian, writer and illustrator of children's books, was born March 18, 1950 in New York City. He was educated at Queens College of the City University of New York, receiving a B.A. in 1973. He also attended the School of Visual Arts in 1976.

His early work was as a political illustrator and cartoonist; he did many drawings for The New York Times and for the New Yorker magazine. More recently, his self-illustrated books include A Fisher, Beast Feast, and Bing Bang Boing. His illustrations have appeared in Freeing the Natural Voice (with Kristin Linklater), Dorothy O. Van Woerkom's Tit for Tat, and Thomas M. Cook and Robert A. Russell's Introduction to Management Science. Additionally, he has contributed more than 300 drawings to magazines and newspapers, including Travel and Leisure, Across the Board, and The Nation.

Florian has received numerous awards including the Reading Magic Award from Parenting magazine in 1994 for Bing, Bang, Boing. He was the Books of Distinction finalist in the Hungry Mind Review for Bing Bang Boing. Beast Feast received the Gold Medal from the National Parenting Publications awards in 1994, the Lee Bennett Hopkins Award for Poetry in 1995, and Dinothesaurus was a Junior Library Guild Selection in 2010.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 2^-4, younger for reading aloud. Florian continues his versified survey of the animal kingdom with 21 short, usually clever rhymes, each playing on a mammal's name or some physical characteristic: "Aardvarks aare odd. / Aardvarks aare staark. / Aardvarks look better / By faar in the daark." The paintings, which, according to the production note, were done on "primed brown paper bags," feature large, sweeping brushstrokes and are equally visible to viewers 2 or 20 feet away. Some are just big, simple shapes rendered with minimal detail, but others, such as the group of zebras (Florian has deliberately made it hard to tell the exact number), or the grimacing gorilla, with its tufted, textured fur, show that Florian isn't just inventive with written language. Like Insectlopedia (1998), and On the Wing (1996), this is ideal for reading aloud, to one listener or a crowd. --John Peters

Publisher's Weekly Review

"This collection of 21 short light verse brims with whimsy and fun," wrote PW in a starred review, calling this an "irresistible homage to mammal memorabilia." Ages 5-10. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-5-A collection of 25 poems with accompanying primitive, childlike paintings, this book follows the format and style Florian has used so successfully in Beast Feast (1994) and Insectlopedia (1998, both Harcourt). These verses, however, are more reminiscent of the silly wordplay of Ogden Nash. Readers will find a variety of rhyme schemes; meters; and forms featuring puns, concrete poems, litanies, and lists. A large painting, done in gouache on primed brown paper bags, appears on one side of the double page with a poem set on the other. The artist's renderings draw readers into the poem and invite repeated viewings after reading the verse. Pair this title with Mary Ann Hoberman and Malcah Zeldis's A Fine Fat Pig (HarperCollins, 1991) to show children the diversity of images that animals may evoke for poets and artists. Florian has created a zoological garden of delights.-Barbara Chatton, College of Education, University of Wyoming, Laramie (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.