Joan Gannij began her career as a writer/photographer in America, before moving to Amsterdam to focus on her writing. She has written a number of travel guides and poetry collections. Elusive Moose (9781905236749) was her first project for Barefoot Books. Clare Beaton was born in southeast England and spent her childhood in London. She graduated from Hornsey College of Art with first class honors and then spent eight years working at the BBC Television Centre illustrating for various children's programs. She now works as a freelance illustrator and writer of children's activity and craft books. Clare lives in London with her partner and three children, Jack, Kate and Tom.
PreS-Gr 2-On safari, an unseen narrator hopes "to see/A hippo or two,/Perhaps even three?" Clever rhyming verse details the spectacular sights along the way, such as lions, chimpanzees, and sleepy leopards, "Relaxing in trees." This expansive tour of the African Plains is brought to life through Beaton's signature fabric applique collages. Gray felt elephants splash themselves clean with streams of water accented by silver beads. Crocodiles with shiny sequined scales lounge on a textured shore. The vibrant colors capture the hot, arid habitat. Observant readers will spot the "hidden hippo" on each spread-sometimes peeking up from the water, or disguised as a rock, or partially obscured by a tree. Endnotes include descriptions of the featured animals as well as information on recent efforts to protect endangered species. Young adventurers and conservationists alike will pore over this visually stunning story.-Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.