Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews



Matthew Van Fleet
Novelty Board Book
For infants to age 5
Simon and Schuster, 2010   ISBN: 978-1442403796

The animal kingdom is full of animals that are unique and varied. They come is all kinds of shapes, sizes, colors, and textures. This wonderful novelty book explores the dazzling variety of head features that can be found in the animal kingdom.

The author begins by looking at a collection of different heads. Some animals have heads that are hairy, and some have heads that are “beaked.” The platypus has a billed head, and they lay eggs, which is a very odd thing for a mammal to do!

Next we look at necks. Of course, one of the obvious ones that comes to mind is a giraffe’s neck, which is here, but there are many others that are also different in their own way. There is a lizard with a frilled neck, and a frog with a neck that bulges out.

Ears also come in all kinds of shapes and sizes. Rabbits have furry upright ears, and goats have velvety floppy ears. Elephants have enormous ears that they can flap.

The author goes on to look at mouths, tongues, noses, and eyes. He wraps up with a grand finale that will delight readers. With often comical illustrations, and delightful novelty features that make things move in interesting ways, this novelty title is a must for young readers who like unusual books.