Gone Wild: an Endangered Animal Alphabet
written and illustrated by David McLimans
Gone Wild: an Endangered Animal Alphabet goes through the entire alphabet, listing a different endangered species for each letter. With each animal/letter, the book lists the class, habitat, range, threats to its existence, and status of each animal. For instance, the “O” page has the spotted owl; the page tells readers that the owl lives in Canada, Mexico, and Western United States. The owl is threatened by habitat loss, logging, and the encroachment of barred owls. At the end of the book is a description of each animal, as well as resources for further reading and organizations that help endangered animals.
The pages are bare of color; the only colors are red, black, and white. The pages are very harsh; there are only solid colors, not blends or depth. Each page has a letter; however the letter is shaped like the animal that it is listed with. In the box with the descriptions, both on the page and at the end of the book, is a small red drawing of the animal.
Although the illustrations are very creative, they are not accurate enough for children first learning to read. It would be very confusing for these kids; for this reason I would not recommend it to younger audiences. In addition, it is not very visually stimulating, and would probably bore many children. I would only really suggest it to anyone interested in endangered animals, or a class that is studying endangered animals and wants to cover a wide range of them.