This author/illustrator has a marvelous imagination, not to
mention a knack for alliteration and quirky rhymes. As if
the words weren't enough, the capricious illustrations add
to the enjoyment of each page, each new "beast".
"I don't claim to
Love the pigeon
But I like it
Just a smidgeon."
Florian's wonderful poems and paintings are perfect for
reading to a child at bedtime, especially when that boy or
girl, stimulated by sounds and colors, blurts, "Let me read
it!" Beast Feast, like all of Florian's imaginative,
fantastic books is a treasure to own, a joy to read.
The list is indeed a feast: the gamut of strange creatures,
great and small, short and tall: the walrus, the anteater,
the whale, the pigeon, the sloth, the toad, the kangaroo,
mole and even the kiwi, each with eccentricities that engage
and challenge children to learn about the variety of nature.
And the creative rhymes (often producing unexpected
giggles!) are accompanied by equally enchanting
illustrations, colorful and humorous:
"The kangaroo loves to leap.
Into the air it zooms,
While baby's fast asleep
Inside its kangaroom."