By Brian Rock Illustrated by Carolyn Le
Published by Arbordale Publishing
Quick, name the world's fastest animal! Did you say cheetah? If so, you're right - sort of. The cheetah can reach speeds over 70 mph; but did you know that that's not even the fastest animal there is? This dashing dozens of nature's speediest species examines the fastest on land, air , and sea. This story will resonate with children taking standardized tests.
"The first page bursts out with dry, savanna appeal and sets the perfect stage for the wild race. The illustrations portray the animals with a sense of natural beauty, while still incorporating a tad bit of human mannerisms to flow right in with the story. It's a treat to glance through the pictures, and young listeners are sure to find their favorites.
With a simple plot, the story delivers a bit of excitement while allowing the needed animals to come into play and hint at their own talents. The argument builds, some complaints more ridiculous than others, but it's this impossible atmosphere which adds a subtle humor. Especially the reaction of the lion with his paw over his face had me and my kids giggling. It's easy to identify with his predicament. The solution he comes up with isn't as amazing as it could be, but it works for the intention of this book." -Amazon
By Melissa Northway Illustrated by Carolyn Le
Published by Polka Dots Publishing
"Melissa Northway's Clarence and the Traveling Circus has such a positive and inspirational message. Clarence overcomes his fears and shines. He's able to rise above the dreaded name, Clumsy Clarance, and be a star. Carolyn Le's artwork beautifully complements the story. Each panel is intricate and painted in glowing colors. I found myself getting lost in the details of each picture. There's a great bonus in the back of the book for aspiring Clarences - a step-by-step guide to juggling! There are also circus facts, exercises and learning challenges back there as well...." 5 Star Review from Jack M. for Readers' Favorite
Reader's Favorite Illustration Award
Reader's Favorite Five Star