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Common Critters - by Pat Brisson (Hardcover)

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Number of Pages: 40

Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction

Sub-Genre: Animals

Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Tilbury House Publishers

Age Range: 4-8 Years

Book theme: General

Author: Pat Brisson

Language: English

TCIN: 78867098
UPC: 9780884486916
Item Number (DPCI): 247-07-7529


Superlative back matter elevates this illustrated collection of jokey poems celebrating neighborhood wildlife: "There are creatures all around you, / not exotic, but not tame./ Though most are pretty common, / they're intriguing just the same." Each critter gets its own poem on a spread illustrated with Tavis's artful landscapes and goofily goggle-eyed wildlife. Brisson's wordplay ranges from obvious ha-has (of crows: "And could this fact be much absurder?/ A group of you is called a murder!") to sophisticated lines (of caterpillars: "It follows metamorphic urges/ to break out, and what emerges/ is a moth or butterfly/ that dries its wings and starts to fly"). A "Facts About Common Critters" section offers more information about the featured creatures ("A squirrel will crack open a nut and rub it on its face before burying it") alongside a brief discussion of artistic license, while "A Peek into the Poet's Toolkit" uses the poems to explain rhyme, meter, stanza, and poetic license.-- (05/13/2020)
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