Reviews for Gone Wild


Horn Book Guide Reviews 2007 Spring
Large black alphabet letters extend into symbolic shapes representing endangered or vulnerable species: [cf2]E[cf1] is drawn out into earwig pincers; [cf2]I[cf1] has a long, curving ibis beak. Some of the stencil-designed animals are unfamiliar (quoll, uakari); others might go unrecognized if not for the small red box containing the animal silhouette and classification details. Animal facts are appended. Reading list, websites. Copyright 2007 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

----------------------
Kirkus Reviews 2006 August #1
Using a combination of physical and digital media, McLimans offers 26 page-filling, dramatic letter forms in silhouette, each based on the shape of an endangered animal whose name starts with that letter, from "Chinese Alligator" to "Grevy's Zebra." Reminiscent of Roberto de Vicq de Cumptich's Bembo's Zoo (2000) as an impressive showcase in visual design, the letters artfully use both filled and empty space to evoke rather than accurately represent their living counterparts, and will likely be of greater interest to students of the graphic arts than to budding naturalists. The author does include very brief notes on each creature's habitat, range, threats and official status, backed up by a closing comment and a multimedia resource list-but like Patricia Mullins's V For Vanishing: An Alphabet of Endangered Animals (1993), this will be more useful to younger readers as a consciousness-raiser than an information source. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-8) Copyright Kirkus 2006 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

----------------------
Library Media Connection - March 2007
While there appears to be nothing subtle about this book, a striking animal alphabet conveyed in bold black and white graphics, it is layered with a powerful symbolism that communicates the stark reality of the endangered animals it depicts. Pen and ink illustrations suggest an endangered animal as the letters of the alphabet. Most of the animals aren't represented in their entirety, a fitting metaphor for their dwindling existence. The crisp black letters on their white background visually capture the reader while the red information boxes (including a thumbnail of the whole animal) underscore the danger of their predicament. Younger readers will be engrossed in the art, deciphering the animal and letter combinations, while older readers will appreciate the succinct presentation of additional information on the plight of each animal. This is a good choice for science classes at all levels as many of the animals are not well known. The book could also be used as a discussion starter for environmental issues or in cause and effect lessons. A list of Web sites of organizations working to help endangered animals as well as books for further reading, including other endangered animal alphabet books, are also included. Recommended. H .H. Henderson, Reading Coach, Heritage Middle School, Deltona, Florida © 2007 Linworth Publishing, Inc.

----------------------
School Library Journal Reviews 2006 November

Gr 3 Up Although organized as a conventional alphabet book, the letters here are far from ordinary. McLimans has created a black-and-white iconic representation of 26 endangered animals, and his art is striking. For example, the newt's eyes protrude slightly from the sides of N, while its tongue emerges from the lower point. An accompanying box on each page includes a small, stylized red-and-white image of the animal plus information about its class, habitat, range, and threats to its survival. Back matter includes a paragraph about each creature along with a list of Web sites for organizations that help endangered animals and books for further reading. This title will serve more as a tool to raise awareness and a place to begin searching for information rather than as a source of facts. However, the arresting graphics and clean design will hold viewers' attention and create interest in the topic. The book could also serve as a starting point for art and design projects for students well above elementary school age. Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato

[Page 121]. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

----------------------