Gone Wild: An Endangered Animal Alphabet

Gone Wild: An Endangered Animal Alphabet

by David McLimans

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Overview

This truly special alphabet book is filled with a stampede of wild animals, from Chinese Alligator to Grevy's Zebra—and they're all so rare, they're endangered. David McLimans's bold and playful illustrations transform each letter into a work of art, boldly rendered with animal characteristics, including scales, horns, and even insect wings. Once you take this eye-opening safari, you'll never look at letters or animals the same way again.

This zoological adventure—and winner of a Caldecott Honor medal—has been reformatted as a gifty board edition. The stunning black-and-white visuals are perfect for babies and younger children.

Awards for Gone Wild

A Caldecott Honor Book

A New York Times Best Illustrated Book

An ALA Notable Children's Book

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781619639546
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 02/16/2016
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 513,630
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 6.40(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 2 - 4 Years

About the Author

David McLimans won the Caldecott Honor for his first book, Gone Wild: An Endangered Animal Alphabet, as well as numerous awards for his editorial illustration, including an Award of Excellence from the Society of Newspaper Designers and a Certificate of Excellence from Print magazine. He is also the creator of Gone Fishing and Big Turtle. His work has appeared the Washington Post, AIGA, Time, the New York Times, the Progressive, Atlantic Monthly, and Harper's.

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Gone Wild: An Endangered Animal Alphabet 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
elenaazad on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not your traditional alphabet picture book. Each letter is depicted as an endangered animal who's name begins with that letter in black and white. This is a very factual alphabet, with information about each animal's class, habitat, range, and a list of some of the threats to its survival. There is also a back section with more detailed information about each animal's situation. Although it's an alphabet book, it's less a book for teaching letters than for raising children's awareness of threatened animals. Thus, it's more a book for more advanced readers, maybe about third or fourth grade and up, upper elementary essentially.
Mparis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An alphabet book with letters made to represent endangered animal species.The drawings of the alphabet are really cool in this book and you learn a lot about some endangered animals along the way. Classroom connection: ABCs, Endangered Species
sharty on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
McLimans transforms the letters of the alphabet with the wings, scales, horns, ears, and beaks of 26 endangered animals from around the world. The bold, catchy style of this book will capture the imagination of all ages of readers, while the simple facts given about each animal (it's class, habitat, range, threats, and status) encourage older readers who seek more information.
slmturner on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A very informational alphabet book about endangered animals. The letters of the alphabet are cleverly crafted to resemble a part of the animal it is referring to. Each page has a box that gives a brief description of the animal's class, habitat, range, threats, and status. The last pages of the book give further information about each animal in sentence structure.My first reaction when I opened the book and flipped through the pages was one of astonishment. The book was nothing I thought it was going to be like. Honestly I was a little disappointed. Most of the alphabet books I have read have big, colorful pictures, however, the author only uses the colors red, white, and black in his illustrations. After reading the book I was rewarded with an abundance of insightful and interesting information.This would be a good book to read while studying a lesson about endangered animals. A teacher could get a map and the class could put pins in all the places that the animals are from. This could help the students visualize the wide range of the endangered animals. Students could also pick a letter of the alphabet, research a threatened animal that starts with that letter, and make their own illustration with pertinent information like the story.
D.Holliman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I thought that this book was really interesting how it incorporated the alphabet and interesting animal facts about endangered animals. The illustrations were done in basic colors and the detail was wonderful.
missrader on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An ABC book done in black and white. Each letter is made to look like a different endangered animal. More back ground information is also given about each animal. Beautiful, creative renderings of each letter.
Librarygirl66 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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 life. Once 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.
sharmon05 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book provides the reader with a lot of important information about endangered animals in a fun and engaging way. This makes it so this book is a good example of an informational book. The illustrations in this book are very creative. They artists takes the letters and transforms them to resemble the particular animal.
MrJPenguin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary: Not your typical way of reciting the alphabet, this book lists one type of endagered animal per letter be it mammal, reptile, bird, fish, or even insect.Personal Reaction: It's hardly any wonder why this book was given the Caldecott Award. Anyone can see that with the intricate stylings of each letter, even if they all are in black and white, that the artwork should be praised. The book is also very informative as I had never even heard of a quarter of the animals that were present in it.Classroom Extension Ideas: This book provides an intriguing way to teach the alphabet.1. Have the students make up their own alphabets using their favorite animals, even the ones who are not endangered.2. Let the children choose their favorite animal from the book and have them make masks of those animals, so that they can make up the alphabet themselves.
fatlamb on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not just your ordinary alphabet book. This book is very informative, different, unique, and has a lot to offer. Each letter/character is uniquely drawn plain in simple with black and white but it encompasses the animal. Each letter represents an animal, also provided is the class, habitat, range, threats, and status of each animal. Interesting aspect about this alphabet book is that all the animals are endangered. I enjoy this book due to the uncommon animals represented by the alphabet and the information provided. Located in the back of the book there is a section with a short description of each animal. This book is tended for older children but any child learning their alphabet can benefit from this book.Ages 6 and up.
renee.sutter on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a great alphabet book that also teaches about endangered animals. The illustrations are black and white letters in the shapes of animals. I can see this book being very useful at many age levels. It could be fun at a kinder to first grade level to talk about the letters and what animal they are shaped like. It could be used at the upper elementary level to talk about what is an endangered animal. I can see it used at a middle school level to talk about different classifications of animals like the class, phylum, etc.
ShellyCBuchanan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fantastic picture book for readers of all ages, this animal alphabet book will dazzle the young ones with fantastic animals twisted into letters and the older, more sophisticated readers will find fascinating the crucial data on each endangered species -- class, habitat, range, threats, and status. Terrific black, white and startling red design-work of a master, the playful presentation of starting facts is quite memorable.
ChelseaRose on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Originally I was disappointed because I thought that this book would be geared towards younger kids, as most alphabet books are. This book is definitely not geared towards younger kids however. I was very interested to read about all the different endangered species, and enjoyed the simple information provided about each one. In the back of the book there are further resources which I found to be very thoughtful. This would be great for a lesson about endangered animals, or even creative lettering.
MesserPicks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a beautiful and amazing book. I was totally blown away by it. I think that it is fantastic. This is no ordinary alphabet book, it is also about endangered animals. But, the coolest thing about this book is that for every animal, it lists the class, habitat, where the animal lives, things that threaten the animal, and the status of the animal. This would be a great teaching tool for any classroom studying animals, but more specifically endangered animals. I think this is one of the coolest children books I have read! It was awesome!
sunnyburke on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Although this is an ABC book, it is not the typical ABC book that you are expecting to read to a young child. It is a beautifully crafted book where each letter is not just a regular letter in the alphabet, but a letter that has been turned into the animal that the letter starts with. All of the animals represented in this book are animals that are on the endangered species list. This is a great book to use with older children who understand what an endangered species is and the importance of learning about them to protect and save them. This book does a wonderful job of making the letter really stand out on the page because the illustrations are all done in black and white ink and in the corner or each page is a tiny box that tells you the specific details of the species that is endangered.
pjw1173 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is an alphabet book that has each letter describing an endangered animal. Each letter is designed to include features of the animal whose name it begins. The visuals in this book are engaging and the informational text is enjoyable to read. I see this being more a book for my library with students enjoying it on their own than a mentor text.
kljoh on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Gone Wild is an alphabet picture book of endangered animals. For each letter there is a different endangered animal and a brief description box that includes its scientific class, habitat, location, threats that are causing the animals¿ decline and level of endangerment. At the end of the book, each animal is described with more detail for those who are interested. David McClimans¿ black and white illustrations are fascinating. The letters themselves serve as bases for pictures of each animal. Sometimes the letters depict the entire animal, and sometimes just parts. Children will enjoy looking at the letters and spotting the animal disguised inside. Gone Wild is both entertaining and informative. It offers important factual information about endangered animals that will help raise awareness, as well as fun, creative pictures. It is highly recommended for the children¿s section of public libraries and for elementary school libraries.
SDando on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved that this book was done in three colors-red, black, and white. This gave a nice contrast to the text and the illustrations. I also appreciated the extra info on each animal in the back, for readers who wanted to know more.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
David McLimans has won numerous awards for his editorial illustrations, including an Award of Excellence from the Society of Newspaper Designers and Certificate of Excellence from Print Magazine. His work has appeared in the Washington Post, AIGA, Time, The New York Times, the Progressive, Atlantic Monthly, and Hprper¿s. This is his first children¿s book. In 2006 he won the Caldecott Medal for Gone Wild, An Endangered Animal Alpphabet. He lives and works in Madison, Wisconsin. Gone Wild is a wonderful book full of endangered animals. Each letter of the alphabet pertains to an endangered animal. Each letter is drawn is the shape of the endangered animal. Each page list the animal, its habitat, the range, the threats, and its status, this tells whether it is critically endangered, endangered or vulnerable. At the end of the book, McLimans includes a description of the animal, and different things that makes the animal unique.