Sunday, November 1, 2009

Never Smile at a Monkey....

Steve Jenkins, the author and illustrator of the Caldecott Honor–winning What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? has a new book called Never Smile at a Monkey:  And 17 Other Important Things to Remember. 
     In this book, he explores several mysteries of the animal world, including the things you should never do when you come upon a platypus, a cone shell, a tang fish, an electric caterpillar, a cassowary, and many other animals.  Jenkins explores the unusual ways some creatures have come to protect themselves... and what we should do if we see any of them.  And some of the book's stories are almost scary!
     Of course, the illustrations are typical Jenkins... colorful, detailed, compelling... it's a nice addition to the collection of his books I just bought at Kohl's a few weeks ago (part of the Kohl's Cares for Kids program).
      Steve Jenkins is a Colorado author and you can learn more about him at:  On his website he says, "Every book starts with an idea.  Usually the idea is really a question.  It might be a question that a child asks, or something I'm curious about myself."  There is a great video about the making of a book on the site; it's worth taking a look!  I love how he links science to picture books in such a fascinating way.

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