Jump, Leap, Count Sheep! A Canadian Wildlife 123

Geraldo Valério. Owlkids (PGW, dist.), $16.95 (24p) ISBN 978-1-77147-289-0
In a companion to Valério’s alphabetical Moose, Goose, Animals on the Loose!, the author-illustrator counts to 10 while succinctly introducing Canadian wild animals, including “4 owls staring,” “6 seahorses swimming,” and “8 lemmings out and about.” Valério’s geometric collages place the animals against modest backgrounds—semicircular rocks and translucent strips evoke a powerful current for nine salmon leaping upstream. A closing spread elaborates on each animal (“Sockeye salmon are born in freshwater rivers and streams. They swim to the ocean and live in its salty water for up to four years”), though all eyes will be on the boldly colored visual tributes to each animal. Ages 2–5. (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 06/12/2017
Release date: 08/01/2017
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