Sunday, December 9, 2018

A is for Australian Animals by Frané Lessac [Review & Giveaway USA/CANADA - 5 winners]

ISBN: 9780763694845
Hardcover $16.99
Picture book Ages 7-9
My thoughts:  Usually an ABC book is for preschoolers but since this book features a different assortment of animals and critters than is normally encountered in the Americas or Europe and given the information provided, the book is more suited for elementary school age children. "Down-Under" is a different kind of place and the animals are unique to this particular part of our Earth.

Drawing of the animals and made more interesting by the nuggets of information that is provided and which is fascinating about these critters. For example the Platypus is one of only a few venomous mammals with the male having poisonous spurs on back legs.

The Sugar Glider  is a small possum that can glide through the air.

The illustrations by Frané Lessac are unique just as the animals of Australia are unique. The information provided about the  various animals is interesting and demonstrates their unique features.

Got a trip planned to Australia? Taking the kids? This is a great lead-in for the trip. Or if you just want to learn a bit about places different from where you live on Planet Earth this is a good book to obtain.

About the book: There are so many amazing animals to be found in Australia — and many of them are found nowhere else in the world.

Discover thirty-eight of the weird and wonderful creatures of Down Under — from the iconic kangaroo to the puzzling echidna; from the tiny crusader bug to the enormous saltwater crocodile; from the adorable quokka to the terrifying Tasmanian devil. Did you know that lyrebirds can mimic almost any sound? Or that an oblong turtle has the longest neck of any turtle in the world? Vibrant paintings and fascinating facts introduce readers to a wide array of incredible animals in this vivid celebration of the fauna that makes Australia unique.


Candlewick Press is generously providing giveaway copies for 5 winners
Begins December 10
Ends January 6 at 12:01 a.m. EST
Open to USA and CANADA addresses.
a Rafflecopter giveaway
DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from Candlewick Press to facilitate this review of my own opinions which are freely given.


  1. I would love to add it to my grandkids “library” of books! I keep one so I know their reading material is fun, knowledgeable, and appropriate for them and their different age groups. Thank you so much 😍

  2. "(1) One other Candlewick picture book you would like to have." "Warthog."

    "(2) Then look under the Candlewick/Imprints tab, select "Big Picture Press" and select one picture book you would like reviewed here on Chat With Vera." "Historium."

  3. (1) Fox Explores the Night: A First Science Storybook
    (2) A Gift from Abuela

  4. I would like to have Secrets of the Sea by Kate Baker. I would like to see Walk This Wild World by Kate Baker reviewed here.

  5. My little great niece would like -- Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star A girl can never have to many books :-)

    If I was going to review it would be - A Pandemonium of Parrots and Other Animals My brother has a big bird and it would be nice for the kids to get some knowledge about them

  6. 1. I like their picture book: The Little Snowplow.
    2. From Big Picture Press, I'd like you to review the book: A Pandemonium of Parrots and Other Animals.

    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

  7. 1) Pip and Posy: The Christmas Tree
    2) Around the world in 80 puzzles

  8. 1 The Little Snowplow
    2 Little Honeybee (Board Book)

  9. SO excited for this, both Dylan and Emily will enjoy this. Emily loves to read to her baby brother



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