A bookseller recently introduced me to one of her favorite authors - Steve Jenkins. I had never seen anything by him but his book What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? won me over in a hurry. In fact, I bought it for my four-year-old son for Christmas - he loves animals and will be thrilled.
This is a picture book that looks at various animals based on different body parts and how they use them. For example, it will ask "What do you do with a nose like this?" On that page are illustrations of different animal noses - then on the next page it shows the entire bodies of all the animals and explains how they use their noses. Hyenas find their next meal, elephants give themselves baths and alligators breath through their noses while hiding under the water.
The illustrations in this book are very fun and the set-up of only showing part of the animals first creates a fun guessing element to the text. The ratio of text to illustration is the perfect amount to captivate the child audience and at the end of the book there is even more information on each animal.
This is a fun and informative book that kids will love - a perfect gift for animal lovers.