Reviews and Blog Posts: animals

Spirit animals. 1, Wild born

by Brandon Mull

Reviewer Rating:
4

The first of a mulitplatform series, each book is written by a renowned powerhouse author, in this case, Brandon Mull of Fablehaven fame. Subsequent authors include Maggie Stiefvater and Garth Nix. In a fantasy realm called Erdas, eleven year olds perform the rite of passage of sipping Nectar to see...

Omnibeasts : animal poems and paintings / by Douglas Florian.

by Douglas Florian

Reviewer Rating:
4

Reaching across the animal kingdom, this collection of poems from Douglas Florian is sure to delight. Short and silly animal poems are accompanied by bold watercolor illustrations. The simple rhymes and shape poems capture the spirit of the animals he describes. With humor and insight this book makes poetry fun...

Apocalypse cow

by Michael (Journalist) Logan

Reviewer Rating:
3

A zombie book that has a definite tongue in cheek vibe, Apocalypse Cow is the story of animals becoming zombies through government experiments causing the isolation of the British Isles. Having seen snotty (and I don’t mean snobby) cows, the descriptions of the cows sneezing brought back memories of visiting...

Wolf and dog

by Sylvia Vanden Heede

Reviewer Rating:
3

Translated from Dutch, Wolf and Dog chronicles the adventures of two “cousins” - and wary friends - in short chapters told in verse.  Wolf, whose wild ways alarm tame, home-loving dog, delights in word play, bacon, and playing tricks on his gentle cousin.  Though each chapter works as a vignette,...

The one and only Ivan

by Katherine Applegate

Reviewer Rating:
5

   Winner of the Newbery medal (for distinguished contribution to American literature for children) this book started off slowly but once it got rolling it was impossible to put down.  The events in this book are told from the perspective of Ivan, a gorilla whose domain (cage) is woefully undersized....

Life of Pi

Reviewer Rating:
4

  I normally don't watch movies that are based on books but the premise behind this story seemed so intriguing that I decided to give it a whirl.  The movie details the adventures of a young Indian boy called Piscine (French for swimming pool) but who goes by Pi. His...

Ivy takes care

by Rosemary Wells

Reviewer Rating:
3

Ivy Takes Care is a gentle book set in 1949. Ivy’s parents work on a ranch in Nevada.  The family doesn’t have much money.  Ivy’s best friend Annie comes from a wealthy family and Annie will be going away all summer to an elite summer camp.  Annie is getting more...

When Cuteness Attacks: Scene-Stealing Movie Animals

Ahhhhhhhhhhh!

The warning "Never work with children or animals," is attributed to W.C. Fields, who was known to lace Baby LeRoy's bottle with gin to get him to stop crying on the set. Below are some films that feature animal actors who upstage their two-legged co-stars.

Although he never protested that he was young and he needed the money, one of the earliest animal stars, Rin Tin Tin, started out his acting career playing wolves. His movies eventually became so popular that he is credited with saving Warner Brothers, and he eventually earned his own paw print on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Otter and odder

by James Howe

Reviewer Rating:
4

Will love conquer all? An otter looks at a fish one day, and realizes he is in love. But he knows that he shouldn't be in love with his food source! The other animals will talk...It is unnatural! A wise beaver reminds otter that he can also follow the way...

Zelda the varigoose

by Sebastian Loth

Reviewer Rating:
5

In this gem of a picture book simple illustrations of Zelda the goose, from Remembering Crystal, are overlaid with transparent pages that transform her into animals like a goosnail, goosephant, and googiraffe. Zelda extols the virtues of the animal guises she puts on, but in the end Zelda admits she...

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