Saturday, September 23, 2017

Fall Reading 2017 Animals at Night: A Glow-in-the-Dark Book


Anything glow-in-the-dark is sure to draw attention from young readers, but Animals at Night uses that feature to draw attention to the amazing world of nocturnal animals. The book begins with a section of "Nighttime Mysteries" that answers questions such as "How do nocturnal animals see int the dark?" Then each spread covers a different type of habitat where nocturnal creatures may be found. Forests, riverbanks, suburban neighborhoods and even the beach have their own nighttime denizens that come out to search for food, find a mate, or lay their eggs. And in each illustration there are special images that appear when the reader turns out the lights, along with a question to guide their viewing. Sometimes it may be a suggestion to look for footprints on a trail, or it might direct them to notice what an animal in the illustration is doing.

The illustrations themselves show prey running from predators, insects crawling along a tree, crayfish scuttling under a rock, or the lights from a nearby house shining in the night. The animals shown for each type of habitat represent areas around the world (except Antarctica). No matter where a reader is, they will probably recognize some of the animals and learn about new ones, too. Each spread has a small sidebar area on the outer edge of each page, with the majority of space filled with the animals and plants that represent the pond, farm, mountains, etc. Nearly 60 animals of all sizes are shown. Each one has a sidebar entry with the animal's silhouette (to make identification within the illustration easy), followed by details of where the animal can be found, and what makes it successful at nighttime life.

For animal lovers, whether they are fascinated specifically with nocturnal varieties or like any sort of animal, this book is filled with information and images to satisfy their curiosity. It would make an excellent addition to a classroom or school library or for use in a unit on nocturnal animals or animal adaptations. I would pair it with Flashlight by Lizi Boyd, Night Animals by Gianna Marino, or even The House in the Night by Susan Marie Swanson. Of course, it will need to be purchased in multiple copies - because there will always be someone on the waiting list to check it out.

I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley.

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