The first of my cbr11bingo books is: (drum roll please):
The Truth about Crocodiles: Seriously Funny Facts about Your Favorite Animals by Maxwell Eaton III is a funny and educational book. Humor is both kid and adult friendly, but some jokes are slightly more adult. Not inappropriate but slightly more sophisticated. This and the fact the way it is set up (story text and fact text) allows the book to grow with your child. It is a multilevel and multi-aged book. There is something for everyone.
The best part is that it is completely nonfiction but reads as fiction. It flows, it allows easy access to information and it just is enjoyable. Even though it is great for the classroom or for a reptile fan, nonfans can get into it as well. I joke I was an alligator wrestler in a former life, but really know little about them. This makes the differences about crocodiles, alligators and other creatures in the crocodile family easy to understand. I used to watch nature shows and even then, I did not learn half as much as I did from Eaton’s book.
Unknown to me this is a series. So far, he has elephants, dolphins, bears and hippos (Oh my.) Later this year there will be hawks and next year butterflies. He has quirky illustrations that are hilariously non-realistic but completely real. You see markings, teeth and scales. The colors are bold, but not overpowering. They are as energetic as the text. It reminds me of a Saturday morning cartoon (and all the cozy that brings to mind).