What’s Your Favorite Animal? by Eric Carle and Friends, published by Henry Holt and Company.
It is always exciting when Eric Carle comes out with a new book. What’s Your Favorite Animal, however, is totally different than what I thought it was going to be. When I first heard that he was coming out with a new book featuring other authors I thought he was going to talk with them, tell a brief story and illustrate their favorite animals in his colorful collage style.
This book is not illustrated by Eric Carle. No worries though as each author/illustrator tells about his or her own choice for favorite animal in their unique and personal style. I quickly got over my disappointment that the illustrations were not by Carle and enjoyed seeing some of our favorite authors. Like seeing old friends that you have not seen for a while it was lovely to catch up.
I think boys will really enjoy taking a look at all the different choices of animals as well as looking at the very different styles of illustration.
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A little game to play with What’s Your Favorite Animal is to cover the author/illustrators name before sharing this book with your kids and see if they can guess who the author is or name another book they know that is by that author or has that same sort of style.
Some featured authors include, and I am naming my favs here 🙂 Mo Willems (Elephant and Piggie), Peter Sis (Fire Truck) Lane Smith (The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs,) Susan Jeffers (Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening—illustrator,) and Lucy Cousins (of Maisy Fame) plus some I had not heard of but will need to check out.
All royalties from this book will be donated to The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art which I would simply love to visit. If that is not reason enough to add this book to your bookshelves, I will say that this is a good book to encourage kids to follow their own style of doing things. Just look where it got the authors and illustrators featured in What’s Your Favorite Animal!
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