Author: Mia Cassany
Illustrator: Marcus Navarro
Release Date: March 19th, 2019
Source: I received a copy of this book from the publicist for review consideration
This brilliantly illustrated book takes young readers to the planet’s wild regions, including forests, jungles, tundras, and deserts to discover the animals that call it home.
This captivating book brings the natural world into sharp focus. Beautifully colored and intricately detailed illustrations depict places as exotic and wide-ranging as Senegal’s Niokolo-Koba National Park, Russia’s Sikhote-Alin mountain range, the Sinharaja Forest Reserve in Sri Lanka, Daintree National Park in Australia, the Mexican desert, and China’s bamboo forests. The animals that live in these remote places, cleverly hidden in the trees, plants, and flowers, create a marvelous challenge for young readers to find and identify. Each spread contains more than twenty different species including birds, snakes, frogs, iguanas, leopards, tigers, gorillas, pandas, and wolves. The back of the book is filled with additional information about the animals and their habitats. Young readers will find much to discover, explore, and learn in this absorbing celebration of our planet and the amazing creatures we share it with.
Wilderness: Earth’s Amazing Habitats Review:
Wilderness: Earth’s Amazing Habitats is a huge, gorgeous book. It is filled with stunning illustrations filled with animals and details that make you want to closely study each one. (The back of the book actually invites you to go back on a “Where’s Waldo” type mission to see if you can find all the animals they say are in every illustration.) The colors are vibrant, the text is brief, and the book’s main goal is to impress upon readers that nature is beautiful, special, and needs to be protected.
This a book with big pictures and little text. There is not more than a paragraph or two for each habitat. It could easily be a coffee table book for adults. (Grown ups may be reminded of Lisa Frank illustrations from the 80s.) The littlest readers will love it because of the illustrations, but they probably won’t make much sense of the text. Even the 7-10-year-old range may find themselves asking/looking up a few words. (Not that that’s necessarily a bad thing.)
Not much more to say – but if you like fantastically illustrated books or have a kiddo that’s entranced with bright colors and playful pictures, it’s a book you will not regret getting.