All Ears, All Eyes – Richard Jackson

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  • Age Range: 4 – 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool – 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books (March 7, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1481415719
  • ISBN-13: 978-1481415712

 

EXCERPT from Kirkus Reviews:

This quiet book explores what happens in a forest as day slips into night.

Under a full moon, the landscape glows, exposing various night creatures and their activities. The air above resounds with the hooting of owls and the whirring of bats. On the ground, other creatures stir. A porcupine “scoots between roots.” Others prowl through the shadows, such as a fox, a deer, and mice. Others make no sounds at all, like the fireflies that fill the night with glowing lights. Jackson’s sparse but sensory text entices readers’ imaginations while sparking their curiosity. Its rich onomatopoeia adds to the story’s enjoyment, while its quiet pace creates a soothing bedtime story for young readers. Tillotson’s mottled illustrations that sneakily play with positive and negative space complement the text. Digitally worked watercolors hold on to the fading light, shapes morphing from page to page so that leaves become eyes; translucent print in varying typefaces and fonts floats on the page, in motion with the forest creatures. Readers will relish finding the veiled creatures in the darkening woods—both those that are mentioned on the pages and those that are not. In addition to fostering observational skills in young children, this book could also tie in well with primary grade environmental curricula.

Rationale for Inclusion: Richard Jackson is a clear choice for a children’s room, because of his poetic prose and his vast array of children’s books already under his belt. However, what really makes this choice a valuable addition is the beautiful illustrations. The water color landscapes and hints of animal eyes throughout the book will have children finding hints of creatures everywhere, completely immersed into the world of All Ears, All Eyes. It also plays on the five senses trope in a different way, focusing on the forest at night, and what can be seen and heard by the little creatures residing there.

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