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I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.


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Monday, December 9, 2013

All About Owls & Deer by Jim Arnosky

389. All About Owls by Jim Arnosky
All About ... (2)

Rating: (3/5)

 (US) Out of Print

1995, Scholastic, 32 pgs

Age: (5+)

" In All About Owls, Arnosky shows how owls grow and live, answering kids' biggest questions about owls, such as: Where do owls live? How do they see so well at night? What do owls eat? How can you tell if an owl lives near you? Packed with intriguing information and brought to life by Arnosky's vibrant watercolors, this book will fascinate young readers."

Purchased a used copy at a book sale.

Jim Arnosky is a fantastic wildlife illustrator and this set of books is a wonderful introduction to animals for children.  The text isn't anything particularly extraordinary but it is pleasant enough to read.  More information is found in the captions to the illustrations and each illustration is titled as to which particular species of owl is being shown.  The cover illustration on this book doesn't do justice to the marvelous artwork found within its pages.  I love owls and the various kinds shown here are beautiful.  You can't go wrong with Arnosky.


*****


392. All About Deer by Jim Arnosky
All About ... (3)

Rating: (3/5)

(US) - Out of Print

1996, Scholastic, 32 pgs

Age: (5+)

" In All About Deer, Arnosky shows how these animals grow and live, answering kids' biggest questions about deer, such as: What do deer eat? What are antlers made of? Why do deer run away from humans? Packed with intriguing information and brought to life by Arnosky's vibrant watercolors, this book will fascinate young readers"

Purchased a used copy at a book sale.

My opinion on these books is all pretty much the same.  The text is really nothing special.  Simple and yet informational but entirely readable.  The meat of the text is in the illustration captions which contain a lot of factual information.  The illustrations by wildlife illustrator Jim Arnosky however are astounding and he includes illustrations of all six species found in North America, each labeled as to species, but uses the White-Tailed Deer for example purposes due to its being the most common.  A gorgeous book to look at and you really can't go wrong introducing your child to Arnosky's illustration.

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