Reviews for Omnibeasts : animal poems and paintings


Booklist Reviews 2004 October #2
Gr. 1-4. This collection of poems and art, selected from the author's whimsical, pun-filled previous books, is longer than any of Florian's earlier works, but readers and listeners won't mind. His creativity is on display once again--from clever wordplay ("I am a cat of longhaired version. / A pet-igree that's known as purrrsian") to tricks with type, as in "The Porcupine," which features lines of text springing vertically from a creature's back as if they were spines. In the best selections, the art echoes the humor in the poetry. For example, Florian describes flounders metaphorically as "living dishes," then pictures one flanked by subtly shadowy silverware. Fans who already own the other books don't need this, but the varied, witty selection, comprising some of Florian's best work, is just right for libraries that can afford to buy only one volume. ((Reviewed October 15, 2004)) Copyright 2004 Booklist Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2005 Spring
"Mr. Bactrian, a question for you-- / about your back: one lump or two?" Short, snappy verses about foxes, ocelots, egrets, and more will delight animal lovers. Humor and wordplay distinguish these forty-four at once sophisticated and accessible poems, which have been culled from Florian's previous animal-verse collections. Playful portraits of the creatures capture the spirit and fun of the poems. Copyright 2005 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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Library Media Connection Reviews 2005 April
Florian's latest offering is a compilation of poems culled from his previous creature- poetry books dating from 1994-2003. Each double-page spread features a whimsical, rhyming poem about an animal and an accompanying painting. The poems are short, spirited, and beg to be read aloud. One of my favorite poems is "The jaguarundi hunts by day/Then sleeps inside its lair./And when it wakes it likes to play/In jaguarundi-wear." The vibrant paintings resemble collages and offer a joke as well; the Mother kangaroo's joey looks out the "window" of his pouch, and the pollywogs arrange themselves into the shape of a frog. This book would be great for language arts teachers who wish to inspire their students to write poetry, or art teachers who want to infuse writing into their curriculum. Library media specialists who have purchased the previous books will find nothing new here, but might use this book to replace worn copies. Those who do not own the other volumes might be inspired to purchase them after enjoying this one. Recommended. Michelle Glatt, Library Media Specialist, Chiddix Junior High School, Normal, Illinois © 2005 Linworth Publishing, Inc.

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 2004 November #4
Readers will welcome back old favorites in several titles this fall. Omnibeasts collects Douglas Florian's witty rhymes, riddles and artwork from among several standby compendiums, including mammalabilia; bow wow meow meow and insectlopedia. PW said of his previous collections, "Florian depicts the subjects in quirkily apt illustrations... even the typography plays a part in the humor." Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2004 October
Gr 2-6-With selections from seven of Florian's successful collections of creature poetry, Omnibeasts is a treasure chest of wit and charm. The author weaves information into each poem, combining fun and fact. For example, "The caterpillar's brain is small-/It only knows to eat and crawl." Flounders are described: "While waiting on/Their smooth white side/Below the sand/For food they hide,/Awaiting shrimp/And smaller fishes,/These flattish, mattish/Living dishes." Many of the poems are cleverly shaped to mirror their subjects-the humps of a camel, a python's curl, salmon leaping upstream, and the quills of a porcupine. In addition, the verses are loaded with hilarious wordplay: "Orange newt./Orange you cute" and "Woodpeckers are peckuliar things." Combined with Florian's signature watercolors, many painted on paper bags, each short offering occupies its own spread. This book has enormous appeal for readers of many ages.-Lee Bock, Glenbrook Elementary School, Pulaski, WI Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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