Animals by the Numbers: A Book of Infographics

By: Steve Jenkins

Questions about animals and insects are answered with numbers, images, innovation, and authoritative science in this work of illustrated nonfiction. Bibliography. Full-color graphs, map, and torn- and cut-paper collage illustrations.

ISBN: 9780544630925

JLG Release: Jan 2017


Sensitive Areas: No sensitive areas
Topics: Animals , Animal behaviors and characteristics , Infographics , Comparisons

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Awards & Honors

NCTE Orbis Pictus Award 2017, Honor Book
NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Books 2017
Booklist 2016 Lasting Connections, Mathematics
ALSC Notable Children’s Books 2017, All Ages
BCCB 2016 Blue Ribbons, Nonfiction
Kids’ Indie Next List Preview, Winter 2016–2017, Ages 9–12
ILA Teachers’ Choices 2017 Reading List
2018 AAAS/Subaru SB& F Prize Finalist, Middle Grades Science Book

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books*, Booklist*, The Horn Book Magazine, Kirkus Reviews*, School Library Journal*

School Library Journal

[STARRED REVIEW]
Jenkins combines cut-and-torn-paper illustrations with infographics to present highly engaging visual comparisons from the animal kingdom. Ranging from one to four pages in length, the graphic sections feature careful layouts that convey well-chosen and fascinating data. Clean lines and abundant white space lead readers
[STARRED REVIEW]
Jenkins combines cut-and-torn-paper illustrations with infographics to present highly engaging visual comparisons from the animal kingdom. Ranging from one to four pages in length, the graphic sections feature careful layouts that convey well-chosen and fascinating data. Clean lines and abundant white space lead readers to absorb the information without strain or confusion. In one example, a horizontal bar graph examines the speeds of 15 animals, each identified by name and a silhouette figure. In addition, illustrations highlight two particular examples with captions. Varied graph formats demonstrate each topic to maximum effect. Concentric circles show the surprising differences between wing speeds of hummingbirds and gnats. Cut-paper horns are neatly placed within a bar graph of horn lengths. There’s even a logic tree outlining the decision-making process of an armadillo. Scales are clearly noted, even when they shift on the following page, as in the impressive four-page look at the deadliest animals that reveals the mosquito’s clear dominance. Estimated data is always identified, such as numbers representing the combined biomass of species. In some cases, two graphs are used to offer different perspectives on the topic: a horizontal bar graph details tongue lengths, for example, while on the facing page a vertical depiction compares those lengths to the size of each animal (and the bars are cleverly rounded to resemble tongues). VERDICT Compelling visual presentation makes the information accessible and exciting. Highly recommended for all science collections.—Steven Engelfried, Wilsonville Public Library, OR

Horn Book

Steve Jenkins’s work (The Top of the World, rev. 3/99; The Animal Book, rev. 1/14) is characterized by exquisite cut- and torn-paper collages, a particular affinity for zoology, a plethora of pithy facts and trivia, and an elegant design aesthetic that allows readers to navigate information-heavy pages without becoming confused Steve Jenkins’s work (The Top of the World, rev. 3/99; The Animal Book, rev. 1/14) is characterized by exquisite cut- and torn-paper collages, a particular affinity for zoology, a plethora of pithy facts and trivia, and an elegant design aesthetic that allows readers to navigate information-heavy pages without becoming confused or disoriented. It seems like a natural evolution that his most recent book, with its focus on infographics, places that last element front and center. Jenkins leverages numbers, graphs, symbols, and silhouettes in tandem with his collages to visually distill the relationships between and among various members of the animal kingdom. Topics include size, life span, defenses, migration, and extinction. Throughout the book and in the brief note at the end, Jenkins makes it clear that some of his information involves composite estimates drawn from multiple, differing sources. The back matter also includes a short bibliography and list of websites. Scientists, like librarians, are in the business of classification—and Jenkins leaves room for students and teachers alike to ruminate on the order of things, draw their own inferences and conclusions, and embark on their own paths of research. (And we still get plenty of trivia, including the fact that a termite queen can live up to fifty years and that a bulldog bat can make a noise as loud as a jet plane taking off, though the sound is too high-pitched for human ears.) jonathan hunt

Book Details

ISBN

9780544630925

First Release

January 2017

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

Trim Size

11" x 9 1/2"

Page Count

48

Accelerated Reader

Level 0; Points: 0;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 7.3; Points: 3;

Lexile

Level 940L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Potentially Sensitive Areas

No sensitive areas

Topics

Animals, Animal behaviors and characteristics, Infographics, Comparisons,

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