Each two page spread of this short, eight page board book features either sea creatures, birds, "big land animals," or a variety of animals with Adam and Eve. These are rendered in a vivid way by Warner McGee. Each spread also includes a four stanza rhyme, written by Jill Roman Lord. A Bible reference is included with each of these stanzas, but this is not a biblical account of how God created things. Instead, it's a simple reminder that God made all creatures. The last page reads:
"Creating was fun. But God still wasn't done.
He had one more thing up his sleeve.
He took dirt from the land and created a man,
then created a woman named Eve.
What I Like: All of Multnomah's googly eyes books have strong kid-appeal. The illustrations are eye-catching and interesting, the googly eyes irresistible, and the rhyming text very good.
What I Dislike: I wish all the googly eyes books by Multnomah were a bit longer, even though their shortness may appeal to restless readers. Also, for some reason, in this book Warner McGee's illustrations aren't as crisp as they are elsewhere. Still, none of this should keep you away from this fun book.
Overall Rating: Very good.
Age Appeal: According to the publisher, 2 - 5, but many younger (and slightly older) kids will enjoy it, too.
Publishing Info: Multnomah, 2006; ISBN: 1590527143; board book, $7.99.
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