Gorgeous up-close photographs complement interesting members of the animal kingdom (some decidedly less-than-gorgeous) in David FitzSimmons’ Curious Critters. Against a stark white background, each creature’s features are clear and compelling.
Chatty first-person text with just the right combination of swagger and fact accompanies each creature. The jumping spider declares, “Hey, there! I saw you coming. Eight times. Yep! That’s right. I have eight eyes, some on the back of my head. I can see in eight different directions at the same time.” The end notes include additional facts about each creature. Did you know the Virginia opossum has been around since the dinosaurs?!
And the gray treefrog’s eyes (cover photo) would make a beautiful button pattern.
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