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DOUGLAS FLORIAN is the creator of many acclaimed picture books including zoo's who; bow wow meow meow, a Parents Magazine Best Book of the Year; lizards, frogs, and polliwogs, a Bulletin Blue Ribbon Book; mammalabilia, an ABA's Pick of the Lists; insectlopedia, an ALA Notable Children's Book and Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year; and omnibeasts, a gift collection of his best-loved animal poems. He lives with his family in New York City.

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K-Gr 3-Douglas Florian's hilarious collection of 21 original poems and paintings. The author introduces the story while adding special insight to the story's creation. Concludes with a mini on-screen vocabulary segment.

Florian ( Monster Motel ; Vegetable Garden ) indeed presents a feast--for the eyes and the ears--in this cheerful collection of brief, bouncy poems describing an eclectic roundup of animals. Each focusing on a single ``beast,'' the entries range from snappy two-liners (``The rhea rheally isn't strange-- / It's just an ostrich, rhearranged'') to relatively longer poems of cleverly rhymed couplets. Florian's distinctive, full-page watercolors are as playful as his verse: a chameleon (whose hue changes ``from mousy browns to leafy greens / And several colors in between'') holds an artist's palette and paintbrush; and the ``tubby toad'' (who is ``so squat and plump / That rarely does it even jump'') weighs in on a bathroom scale. An ideal read-aloud, this volume will leave young listeners as lighthearted as its own contents. Ages 4-8. (Apr.)

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