Forshaw, Nick. Mammals! William Exley, Illus. Non-fiction. Explorer Series. What on Earth! 03/2019. 38pp. $14.95. 978-0-9955770-7-7. OUTSTANDING. GRADES 2-6.
Part of the Explorers series, this book introduces readers to Agent Osprey, who explains what mammals are, where and how they live, and more fascinating facts. Cute, cartoonish illustrations partner with accessible scientific descriptions of the mammals. The most exciting feature of the book is a 6-foot long foldout timeline jammed full of illustrations of mammals throughout history. Back matter also includes a puzzle, quiz, glossary, and index. While some mammals listed are noted as being extinct, the book does not talk about extinction events or environmental concerns; the closest it comes is a brief note that African elephants are “threatened by poachers hunting them for their tusks.” Mammals! is a fast, engaging read with both fun and educational appeal.
Eny Calvert, San Francisco Public Library