if you can. . .
for if you
I’ll be here
tomorrow . . .
Animals and insects use camouflage to hide from hunters or to ambush prey. Stealth is a very useful technique when it comes to survival. In this fun and informative collection of poems, we meet animals such as the polar bear and the octopus; the ghost crab and the copperhead snake; and many more that use camouflage to hunt or to hide.
Giles Laroche’s intricate cut-paper illustrations are beautiful and life-like. Readers will have to look carefully or run the risk of a hunter sneaking up on them.
Back matter offers additional information about each of the nineteen animals.
I have a real soft spot for picture books that break through genre boundaries, particularly nonfiction titles that use poetry to make learning both educational and inspiring.
Now You See Them Now You Don’t celebrates animal camouflage through clever wordplay and stunning paper cut illustrations. From the sea to the desert, and from the tundra to the forest floor, Harrison tells the stories of both predators and prey, highlighting how animals use camouflage in a variety of fascinating ways.
Giles Laroche’s illustrations are stunning, and reminiscent of the great Steve Jenkins. There are familiar faces, like the tiger and the praying mantis, and less familiar, but no less intriguing creatures, like the ghost crab and the reef stonefish.
Like all good nonfiction titles, Now You See Them Now You Don’t includes information on each animal, and additional titles for further reading.
When authors break outside of the genre box they help make their books appealing to a broader range of readers. Children who might never otherwise pick up a nonfiction text might be drawn to a beautifully illustrated collection of poems, and a child who might typically sneer at poetry might thrill at a book about wild animals.
Now You See Them Now You Don’t is a great example of a creative nonfiction text, and one that’s definitely worth checking out!
Now You See Them Now You Don’t
Hardcover, 32 pages
February 16, 2016 : Charlesbridge