Reviews for Lots of Spots
Booklist Reviews 2010 April #2
From chameleons to eels, chickadees to macaws, and badgers to butterflies, each of the 50 featured creatures in Ehlert's latest offering sports distinctive markings, from stripes and rings to the plenty of spots mentioned in the title. Each spread features a beautiful collage illustration of an animal, accompanied by a poem of four short, catchy lines. Some of the verse is relatively generic: "A giraffe's neck / is so tall / that it towers / over all." Still, each selection includes a basic zoology concept: "A moth's / flight / awaits / moonlight." More consistent is the appealing art, which makes amazing use of color, shape, and texture on clean, white double-page spreads. This is most successful as a vibrant, general book about animals for the very young rather than as a primer on camouflage, but a short author's note does add more scientific facts about the menagerie's markings. Children will enjoy paging through and identifying the multitude of brilliantly hued animals that make up this visual zoo. Copyright 2010 Booklist Reviews.
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Spring
Ehlert celebrates the spots, stripes, and colors of animals in short poems, rhymes, and the occasional tongue twister. Frequently tickling a child's sense of humor, some pieces also introduce unfamiliar animals or vocabulary. The clean white backgrounds of Ehlert's signature paper collages make the details pop, with each element thoughtfully arranged on the pages to tie poems and animals together. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2010 #4
Ehlert's illustration style is unmistakable, featuring strong colors and shapes set against solid backgrounds. Her newest picture book celebrates the spots and stripes and colors of animals in short poems, rhymes, and even the occasional tongue twister. They don't all scan perfectly but are clever and thoughtful, frequently tickling a child's sense of humor ("There's no dispute- / goat's face is cute. / But its horns can hit / right where you sit"). Others provide an opportunity for learning new vocabulary ("excavates burrows / with great vigor"), and some introduce unfamiliar animals such as the skate or the Fritillary butterfly. Ehlert's signature paper collage art reflects keen observation of each of the dozens of creatures depicted. The clean white backgrounds make the details of the paper collage pop, and each element is thoughtfully arranged on the page to tie the poems and animals together. There are many delights here for sparking up a story time or simply rejoicing in the varied creatures, from lizards to giraffes. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.
Kirkus Reviews 2010 June #2
Ehlert focuses her collage talents on creatures that sport spots or stripes. She starts out with fish, moves on to amphibians, wanders over to birds and ends with mammals (except for the stray butterfly or lizard that pops up in unexpected places). Each featured critter is glossed by a verse, such as "Turtle swimming— / spots are revealed. / Turtle sunning— / spots are concealed." The rhyme varies in import (and ease), revealing how the markings give an advantage, simply observing or sharing an interesting fact about the animal, as in this rhyme about the spotted owl: "Unless there's a girl owl / and he's in pursuit, / a boy owl generally / won't give a hoot." The facts will be appreciated by animal lovers and science fans alike, and the eye-catching, colorful, textured images provide plenty of visual interest. As always, the author-illustrator presents a piece full of life and creative energy, but this thematic mÃÂ©lange of approaches lacks cohesion, resulting in a book that's just not as solid as some of her previous hits. (Picture book. 2-5) Copyright Kirkus 2010 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.
Library Media Connection Reviews 2010 May/June
This captivating picture book offers four-line poems combined with vibrant illustrations to introduce young readers to a selection of fish, animals, and birds that have distinctive coloring and markings. The poems vary in length, rhythm, and meter, and manage to convey a great deal of factual information in addition to bits of whimsy. The verses identify the details that set certain species apart. These details are nicely accentuated in the accompanying illustrations. Each subject is presented individually in a collage-style portrait that features vivid colors and textured pieces on a bright white background. Collectively the poems provide several examples of how some animals rely on color or patterns for camouflage while others use them as display to attract attention. This engaging work would be very effective as a read-aloud and will be even more effective when paired with nonfiction titles. Highly Recommended. Kathleen McBroom, Media Specialist, Dearborn (Michigan) Public Schools ¬ 2010 Linworth Publishing, Inc.
Publishers Weekly Reviews 2010 June #4
Ehlert returns to the territory of her Oodles of Animals (2008) with another illustrated collection of animal-inspired rhymes. The title is a bit of a misnomer, as not all the creatures within have spots; rather, the book focuses on how spots, stripes, and other markings either distinguish or camouflage various bugs, birds, and beasts. Befitting that agenda, Ehlert's mixed-media collages tend more toward the true animal hues found in nature than some of her previous books. The layers of handmade paper--brightly colored and often richly textured--that form each critter, crisply arranged on a white background, lend a sense of up-close immediacy. The very brief verses vacillate between silly ("If a woodpecker would peck/ holes in a wood deck,/ the whole deck, I suspect,/ would be holey-wrecked.") and matter-of-fact ("One barn owl can catch/ more mice and rats/ than a whole family/ of mouser cats."), but all the ditties offer some information about an animal's coloring or behavior. Budding naturalists and animal lovers of a broad range will surely be amused. Ages 3-7. (July) [Page ]. Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal Reviews 2010 August
K-Gr 2--In keeping with her traditional bold, collage illustrations, Ehlert portrays an array of animals with spots and stripes. Each one is described in a catchy, four-line rhyme. The subjects include a wood duck, an iguana, a turtle, a goose, a goat, a Dalmatian, and a cow, among others. Lots of Spots would make a good addition to an author/illustrator unit on Ehlert's work, but its stand-alone value as a poetry or animal book falls short of remarkable.--Lindsay Persohn, Crystal Lake Elementary, Lakeland, FL [Page 74]. Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.