cover image 8: An Animal Alphabet

8: An Animal Alphabet

Elisha Cooper. Scholastic/Orchard, $17.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-545-47083-4

Skillfully blending counting and matching elements into an animal-themed abecedary, Cooper invites readers to spot eight animals for each letter, nestled alongside other creatures whose names begin with the same letter. The G page is fairly packed with Cooper’s handsome portraits of a gazelle, gerbil, gibbon, giraffe, gnat, goose, gorilla, etc. (plus eight goats). Readers won’t have trouble spotting the eight xeruses, though; they’re the sole representatives for X. The animals’ names run along the bottom of each page, and a closing list offers intriguing details about the more than 150 creatures Cooper includes, while helping identify the less-familiar quoll, uakari, and yabby, among others. Ages 3–7. Agent: Liz Darhansoff, Darhansoff & Verrill. (July)