Today, as he has done many times before, Caramel wanted to talk about a book about facts, and chose a recent favorite: The Magnificent Book of Animals, illustrated by Val Walerczuk and written by Tom Jackson. As usual, Sprinkles is taking notes and asking questions.
Sprinkles: Okay Caramel, let us start talking about this book. What do you want to tell us about it?
Caramel: This is one big book for a little bunny like me.
S: That is true! Here is a picture of you standing next to the book so readers can see how big it is!
C: Yes, see how small I am next to the book!
S: Yes, I can see that. But I know you like this book; you have been almost inseparable from it for a while now.
C: Yes, I like looking at the book, and the pictures, and reading all the facts about all the animals.
S: So what animals are there in this book?
C: I’m going to tell you all of them. African elephant, red giant panda, reindeer, gray wolf, mandrill, flying fox, snow leopard, Przewalski’s horse, red kangaroo, lion ,polar bear, dromedary, orangutan, okapi, grizzly bear, chimpanzee, arctic fox, tapir, tiger, warthog, beaver, giraffe, koala, zebra, sloth, bison, hippopotamus, gorilla, white rhinoceros, wolverine, ring-tailed lemur, ibex, leopard, duck-billed platypus, striped hyena and bush baby.
S: That is a lot of animals. I don’t think I know all these animals. For example, I had never heard of a mandrill before…
C: It’s a type of monkey.
S: I also did not know about ibex, dromedary, and okapi. I also did not know about Przewalski’s horse.
C: The Przewalski’s horse is a type of horse. It’s the oldest breed. And the okapi is a big animal that lives in Central Africa. It has a long tongue, so long that it can lick its own eyes and ears. Kind of disgusting really!
S: Well, staying clean is important. So what about the dromedary and the ibex?
C: The dromedaries are some type of camel. And the ibex is a goat-like animal that lives on mountains. But the arctic fox is one of my favorites. Here is me looking at the page for the arctic fox.
S: Hmm, I’m not sure a bunny would be too safe near a fox.
C: I think you might be right. I also like the African elephant. Here is me looking at the page for the African elephant.
S: So each of the animals has a two-page spread where there is a really realistic drawing of the animal and a few interesting facts about it.
C: I don’t know how the person drew the pictures! It seems impossible.
S: What do you mean?
C: They’re so incredibly realistic! The eyes seem to be actually reflecting light, and they are looking at me when I am looking at them!
S: Yes, you are right Caramel, I agree the pictures really make this book magnificent. And the facts are all quite interesting, right?
C: Yes. For example I learned from this book that the arctic fox’s coat changes color between white and grayish brown so it can blend in its environment.
S: That is neat! And I can now see why you have not gotten bored of this book yet, even though you have been reading it over and over again so many times.
C: Yes, and I want to read it ten hundred thousand more times. So let’s end this review.
S: Okay. So what do we say?
C: Stay tuned for more book bunny reviews!