Howard, Jules. Bones: An Inside Look at the Animal Kingdom. Cervelle Fryer, Illus. Non-fiction. Big Picture, 06/2020. 80pp. $19.99. 978-1-5362-1-41-5. OUTSTANDING. GRADES 2-5.
This fabulously illustrated guide to bones focuses on evolutionary adaptations that help animals dig, grasp, jump, fly, and more. The content is neatly divided up, beginning with a scientific introduction to the function of bones and followed by sections with profiles of animals that exemplify the adaptation. Meticulously detailed digital illustrations often cover two pages and show animals moving through their environments with silhouettes that show how the bones move with them. What separates this from other books showing animal skeletons is the life contained in the illustrations—nothing is stiff or static, and every animal shows life and personality. Back matter includes a glossary but lacks a pronunciation guide, which would be helpful for the age level of the reader. An excellent book for kids who enjoy reading about science and animals.
Eny Calvert, Fremont Public Library