Publishers Weekly, 1999-10-11 Inspired by a wide-ranging array of animal poems and poets from Benjamin Franklin to Clarence Day, Carle "depicts his menagerie at full tilt, with sensuous succulence," said PW. All ages. (Sept.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Publishers Weekly, 1989-07-28 Exuberantly illustrated by Carle ( The Very Hungry Caterpillar ), this collection of animal poems contains many pleasant surprises. Benjamin Franklin observes, ``What is a butterfly? At best / He's but a caterpillar dressed,'' and Clarence Day reports, ``The ant is knowing and wise; but / he doesn't know enough to take a vacation.'' ``A discovery!'' announces Yaku in a haiku. ``On my frog's smooth green belly /there sits no button.'' Meanwhile, Carle's brilliant patchwork of mammals, amphibians, reptiles, birds, fish and insects parades up and down tree trunks, alongside cityscapes and--most memorably--is enfolded in the billowing currents of oceans. Seeing and evoking all with a childlike, primitive verve, the illustrator depicts his menagerie at full tilt, with sensuous succulence. All ages. (Sept.)
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