Mama’s Wild Child/Papa’s Wild Child by Dianna Hutts Aston, illustrated by Nora Hilb.
This is a charming book that far exceeds many of the flip type books on the market. Each double-page spread tells of either a mother or father animal parent that takes care of their child in a special way. So when you read the Mama side of the book, you get examples of mother animals like chimps, seals, whales, and llamas. And then when you flip the book, you get great examples of father animals that care for their young like penguins, seahorses and swans. The illustrations are done in soft tones that make this a perfect book for bedtime. The picture book will work well both for children who enjoy stories and those who like animal facts. It will also work well for animal units or a read aloud.
Artemis Fowl has a very cool new site. Its interface is like hacking into Artemis’ computer. You can read a blog by Eoin Colfer, find out about news and upcoming events, meet the characters, subscribe to the fanzine, or enjoy online games and downloads. Sweet!