Feast your eyes on these amazing creatures before they disappear This stampede of wild animals, from Chinese Alligator to Grevy s Zebra, are so rare, they re all endangered David McLiman s bold and playful illustrations transform each letter into a work of art, graphically rendered with animal characteristics Scales, horns, even insect wings transform the alphabet into animated lifeOnce you take this eye opening safari, you ll never look at letters or animals with the same way again A striking work of art and a zoological adventure, Gone Wild is sure to be loved by children and adults alike


10 thoughts on “Gone Wild: An Endangered Animal Alphabet

  1. Calista Calista says:

    I had to get this book ILL as our library no longer carries it I don t like the library not carrying the Caldecott books, but I understand somewhat why many people don t read this one It s not an exciting book This is an alphabet book about all the animals going extinct It s important to think about, but it s also a downer and not fun to read before bed Plus, David does a black and white drawing of the letter looking somewhat like the animal and there isn t a good picture of what the real e I had to get this book ILL as our library no longer carries it I don t like the library not carrying the Caldecott books, but I understand somewhat why many people don t read this one It s not an exciting book This is an alphabet book about all the animals going extinct It s important to think about, but it s also a downer and not fun to read before bed Plus, David does a black and white drawing of the letter looking somewhat like the animal and there isn t a good picture of what the real endangered animal looks like Some of these things I don t know and I would like to know what they really look like I do think we need to protect these animals We all depend on each other and when we lose a species, our safety is threatened as well There are over 1.5 million species known, which is a lot It s obviously important to have that many different animals around There is a reason for diversity Many of these endangered animals are in other countries where, it s not easy to do a lot for them I think this book could have been done much better I get the Alphabet, but use the letter as a starting page and then show the animal I didn t think the artwork was stunning or anything and it makes me think this Caldecott was not given for artwork, but for what the book is doing The only problem is, it s not much fun for kids.The kids were frustrated that they couldn t really see the pictures of the animals It was just a letter and a little text where they live and what is threatening them The nephew didn t like this It s boring he said and gave it 1 star My niece likes fact books, but she didn t think this was a good one either She gave this 2 stars She did find some of it interesting In my opinion, this was a missed opportunity


  2. David Schaafsma David Schaafsma says:

    A picture book which could be seen as a kiddie companion to Elizabeth Kohlbert s The Sixth Extinction or as an homage to Edmund Gorey s morbid alphabet books, such as The Gashlycrumb Tinies with each letter representing an amusingly gruesome death But it s not quite right for kiddies, though, as the black and white to be extinct animals, one per letter, cannot be appreciated as such except possibly by adults As an adult, I liked the connections to Gorey and the Anthropcene What brings my ra A picture book which could be seen as a kiddie companion to Elizabeth Kohlbert s The Sixth Extinction or as an homage to Edmund Gorey s morbid alphabet books, such as The Gashlycrumb Tinies with each letter representing an amusingly gruesome death But it s not quite right for kiddies, though, as the black and white to be extinct animals, one per letter, cannot be appreciated as such except possibly by adults As an adult, I liked the connections to Gorey and the Anthropcene What brings my rating up from 2 to 3 stars is the macabre dimension of a book meant to amuse and entertain in the midst of such real tragedy I know that may not be amusing to all readers, and maybe tomorrow I might feel differently about it Here you can see a couple of the letters s to me related version of the alphabet


  3. Robert Davis Robert Davis says:

    This is an alphabet book using endangered species as the learning device While there is much to appreciate and admire in the books construction and artwork, there are also some shortcomings and areas that could be improved upon to make itchild friendly The end product feelsgeared toward adults than to the young children first learning their ABC s Not surprisingly, this is the authors first children s book as it seems far too sophisticated for children This clearly is a book me This is an alphabet book using endangered species as the learning device While there is much to appreciate and admire in the books construction and artwork, there are also some shortcomings and areas that could be improved upon to make itchild friendly The end product feelsgeared toward adults than to the young children first learning their ABC s Not surprisingly, this is the authors first children s book as it seems far too sophisticated for children This clearly is a book meant to appealto adults As it is, the black red illustrations are quite splendidly done, but the overall layout feels clinical That is, the creatures from whom the letters are drawn lack any sense of reality, they simply do not come to life The pictures of the animals are themselves only monochromatic drawings It would have givenlife to the animals to have had actual photo images of them There is, in the back of the book, a greater description of each creature, but these could have been better placed on the letter pages themselves, rather than relegating them to a glossary Further, the names of the creatures are all too small and misplaced, making them difficult to acknowledge.In short, while the look of this book is quite well done, it fails as a true learning resource for children because it misses the mark of this audience, being attractive tomature tastes A simpler book, with actual pictures of the animals would fit the bill muchadequately


  4. Beverly Kennett Beverly Kennett says:

    This alphabet book was awarded a Caldecott honor in 2007 It includes the black and white illustrations of endangered animals in the shape of the alphabet letter that the animal s name begins with The author, David McLimans, uses black and white illustrations to highlight the letter forms within the animal representations Each page includes an information box that lists 5 descriptive topics about the animal scientific class, habitat, geographic range, threats, and current species endangered s This alphabet book was awarded a Caldecott honor in 2007 It includes the black and white illustrations of endangered animals in the shape of the alphabet letter that the animal s name begins with The author, David McLimans, uses black and white illustrations to highlight the letter forms within the animal representations Each page includes an information box that lists 5 descriptive topics about the animal scientific class, habitat, geographic range, threats, and current species endangered status The list is similar to how an encyclopedia would organize the information or how a child would be asked to include it in a written report The appendix includes a few sentences further describing the animals I would use this book with primary or intermediate students to discuss endangered animals, but it could also help when learning about pollution, overpopulation, loss of habitats, etc It could be interesting to study how different activities affect different types of animals For example, pollution affects fish or insects, but farming and loss of habitat affect larger animals I was surpised to find that there is a species of rabbit included on the endangered list.Caldecott honor in 2007


  5. Mir Mir says:

    I quite liked the designs of the letters, but I m not sure who the intended audience is for this book It s not suitable for teaching a small child the alphabet, because the letters are confusingly distorted and embellished, and the rest of the text about the animals is pretty advanced Maybefor older kids who are interested in animals and, uh calligraphy At the end there is a paragraph with information about each animal I appreciated this, but wished they had been accompanied by phot I quite liked the designs of the letters, but I m not sure who the intended audience is for this book It s not suitable for teaching a small child the alphabet, because the letters are confusingly distorted and embellished, and the rest of the text about the animals is pretty advanced Maybefor older kids who are interested in animals and, uh calligraphy At the end there is a paragraph with information about each animal I appreciated this, but wished they had been accompanied by photographs instead of simplified silhouette figures


  6. Wendy Wendy says:

    Genre Children s Book, Alphabet, Informational, ScienceSummary Endangered animals are highlighted using each letter of the alphabet as it occurs in their name Each letter is draw with an incorporation of the animal itself and a small box on each page provides relevant scientific information A glossary at the end supplies additional information and a host of resources to further explore the animals individually and the issue of saving endangered species.The illustrations are done in a highly Genre Children s Book, Alphabet, Informational, ScienceSummary Endangered animals are highlighted using each letter of the alphabet as it occurs in their name Each letter is draw with an incorporation of the animal itself and a small box on each page provides relevant scientific information A glossary at the end supplies additional information and a host of resources to further explore the animals individually and the issue of saving endangered species.The illustrations are done in a highly contrasted black and white with red accenting important information The use of white space is equally as important as it provides additional detail and dimension to the illustrations The end papers show images of the animals in red that then repeat on each page.Positives Negatives The repetition of the type of information on each page creates a pattern of expectation in the reader and begins to develop a schema for classifying each animal by its class, habitat, range, threats, and current status In formalizing the presentation of the information it is predictable and educational without intruding on the vivid illustrations of each letter.The red graphic of each animal reinforces the use of some aspect of the graphic in the letter allowing the reader to connect the larger complete image with the partial one While the connection may not be immediately obvious with some investigation the parallels can clearly be drawn, providing reinforcement of the concept and the animals designation using each letter.Examples The T for Andean Tapir page has a graphic letter that is a less obvious representation of the animal however, when seen in the context of the additional red illustration the inspiration for the design is clear Even the small attention to the bottom of the letter to make feet like that of the Tapir may not be consciously processed by a child, but still strengthen the symbolism of the letter.The K for Keys Short Winged Conehead Katydid is another whimsical graphic While it highlights one specific attribute of the insect s anatomy, it s leg the connection is apparent and memorable While a child will probably not remember the entire name, they will remember the graphic and that katydid begins with a K rather than a C.Curriculum Connections The scientific nature and presentation of this book easily lend themselves to science units on individual species, a collection of a subgroup of animals with the text, habitat, endangered animals, range and geography, and the class designation system Grouping the animals by similar characteristics also provides practice creating and sorting items into categories and then researching further similar traits, habitats, etc Looking for food chains, ecosystems, and other larger groupings also allows the children to make connections between the animals in addition to their endangered status.As an art exercise combining the image of an animal and that of the first letter in the name can be done with a variety of animals that fall under different categories, for example animals that are living in the rainforest, animals that make up one food chain, and animals within the same class.In lookingspecifically at the issue of endangered animals, the children can develop a plan for a way to educate others and what they can do to support the efforts to save these animals The children can go on an educate campaign within their school, write letters to organizations, raise money for donations, or create a play about endangered animals


  7. Jessica Jessica says:

    This is an engaging alphabet book featuring endangered animals The introduction of the book is a must read It defines how each animal is rated based on the threat level facing each species critically endangered, endangered and vulnerable This vocabulary is useful to readers of any age as they explore endangered animals More specifically, each page gives bullet like information about the animals class, habitat, range where they live , threats and the status of their endangerment This book This is an engaging alphabet book featuring endangered animals The introduction of the book is a must read It defines how each animal is rated based on the threat level facing each species critically endangered, endangered and vulnerable This vocabulary is useful to readers of any age as they explore endangered animals More specifically, each page gives bullet like information about the animals class, habitat, range where they live , threats and the status of their endangerment This book can be used as a quick tool for finding brief, yet important information about a specific endangered animal I would use this book with students in grades 1 through high school depending on how deep of a discussion or research we would be conducting on endangered animals Incorporating other books about endangered animals is essential if teaching this specific topic as this book does not offer enough information in which to report People of all ages will be intrigued to learn about endangered animals in this simple yet informative alphabet book.The illustrations are unique and are well deserving of the Caldecott Honor Book award The author illustrator only uses red and black with a white background for each page Each alphabet letter is printed in black and represents the endangered animal by its pictorial details that make the letter look like the animal The introduction of the book notes that the letters were intended to portray pictograms which were developed centuries ago The alphabet letters are printed in large font while the actual name of the endangered animal is located at the top corner of each page, similar to the text arrangement of a dictionary The specific information about each animal is located in a red framed rectangular box at the lower corner of each page


  8. Jim Erekson Jim Erekson says:

    This minimalist combination of alphabet book and informational book makes interesting use of metonym TheI looked, theI appreciated how McLimans used a representative part of the animal to connect to the alphabet letter most of the time The red ink illustrations of the whole animal help us notice how this works The cleanness of each page, with its clear placement of the black illustration and the red vignette for information it is very easy to look at and pay attention to each el This minimalist combination of alphabet book and informational book makes interesting use of metonym TheI looked, theI appreciated how McLimans used a representative part of the animal to connect to the alphabet letter most of the time The red ink illustrations of the whole animal help us notice how this works The cleanness of each page, with its clear placement of the black illustration and the red vignette for information it is very easy to look at and pay attention to each element on the page Even the titles at the top of each page are clearly set apart from everything else Part of me is thinking about how children prefer photographs in informational books, and another part is respecting the high definition of his drawings It would be interesting to see how kids would read this book with an iPad cued up to google images if they want to see a picture of an animal they read about, they don t need it to be in the book any The internet should be freeing illustrators up to be less bound to photographic representation The explanation at the beginning was thick, and might have been spread across the entire book as a subtext but that would have ruined the style of the pages I wondered why each animal was repeated again withinformation at the end Maybe McLimans or an editor sensed the book s market as an informational text rather than an alphabet book The book does enable inquiry questions to be hooked to animals students find themselves drawn to But this confuses purposes The book s strength is the experience of the illustrations The fact that it s based on information and research didn t need to become such a big part of this book Patricia Mullins also already did this idea back in 1997 did McLimans review that book


  9. Victoria Victoria says:

    McLimans has taken the conventional alphabet book and spiced things up by replacing boring old apple with Chinese Alligator Each animal is then depicted as the letter they represent This was the only issue I had with the book a few of the animals, much like the alligator for the letter A , are so contorted as to be nearly unrecognizable But there were only two or three of these where it felt like the author was really pushing it He does, however, provide a small, stylized picture of th McLimans has taken the conventional alphabet book and spiced things up by replacing boring old apple with Chinese Alligator Each animal is then depicted as the letter they represent This was the only issue I had with the book a few of the animals, much like the alligator for the letter A , are so contorted as to be nearly unrecognizable But there were only two or three of these where it felt like the author was really pushing it He does, however, provide a small, stylized picture of the animal on the page alongside some relevant information Overall, though, a great, quick introduction to both endangered animals and the levels of endangerment The author provides a brief introduction explaining the categories used to classify each animal, and then, at the end, goesinto detail as to why each animal is endangered along with a list of organizations that help endangered animals and further reading Although this book is obviously intended for younger audiences, I feel like it could easily find its home on a biologist s bookshelf


  10. Liz Liz says:

    Gone Wild is a starkly simple alphabet book that introduces readers to some of the animals that endanger in extinction D for Blue Duck a native of New Zealand that is endangered because of habitat loss Each letter is drawn to represent the animal The latin name, class, habitat, range, threats and status tell a littleabout the animal The illustrations of the letters are creative in how David McLimans chose to depict each animal but it lacks color with black and red being the only colo Gone Wild is a starkly simple alphabet book that introduces readers to some of the animals that endanger in extinction D for Blue Duck a native of New Zealand that is endangered because of habitat loss Each letter is drawn to represent the animal The latin name, class, habitat, range, threats and status tell a littleabout the animal The illustrations of the letters are creative in how David McLimans chose to depict each animal but it lacks color with black and red being the only colors This is not a learn your ABC s book geared toward preschoolers but rather an interesting picture book for older kids and adults It has a lot of information and is a great way to introduce kids to endangered species that need our protection