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Gone Wild (Caldecott Honor Book)

Press:Walker & Co Walker Childrens; 1 edition (September 5, 2006)
Publication Date:2006-9
Author Name:Mclimans, David


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.


“McLimans has created a black-and-white iconic representation of 26 endangered animals, and his art is striking. 
The arresting graphics and clean design will hold viewers' attention and create interest in the topic.” ―School Library Journal“An impressive showcase in visual design, the letters artfully use both filled and empty space to evoke .
their living counterparts.” ―Kirkus Reviews“The black silhouetted numbers are sinuous and compelling in this unique and imaginative description of the dangers facing ocean life today.” ―School Library Journal on GONE FISHING

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About the Author

David McLimans has won 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. 
His work has appeared the Washington Post, AIGA, Time, the New York Times, the Progressive, Atlantic Monthly, and Harper's.
This is his first children's book.
He lives and works in Madison, Wisconsin.


Children's Books,Early Learning,Basic Concepts,Alphabet,Education & Reference,Science Studies,Nature,Environment,Arts & Photography,Graphic Design,Techniques

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Comment List (Total:14)

  •     This is a book not only for cuddling up with my grandchildren, but for their own quiet contemplation. The black-and-white drawings are delightful and clever. Multiple viewings just add depth to what a child sees.

  •     The book was what I ordered. I was unhappy with the condition of the books. One book was sent without the dust cover, one had a torn dust cover, one had a severely scratched...

  •     As a designer myself, I appreciate the creative approach to the lettering--i.e., how the illustrator incorporated the picture of the animal into the alphabetical letter. That's not easy, and I felt the illustrator did a very good job.However, the book is not very engaging for children. There's no story, the pictures are a bit abstract and hard to make out (for a child), and the black and white nature of the pages is kind of dreary. I think the concept of the book is interesting, but it's not very exciting for children.

  •     This purchase was made for my grandson. Even though he just turned 4, he was excited and able to easily identify all of the symbols used in this book.

  •     Excellent childrens book!

  •     The illustrations are fabulous! I have used it with my Pre-Kindergarten class for the past three years. Always a huge hit!

  •     David McLimans, Gone Wild: An Endangered Animal Alphabet (Walker and Company, 2006)While I admire the sentiment behind David McLimans' first childrens' book, I have to...

  •     Ideas cool, and cool artwork, and great facts, but for an abc book it should have actual pictures in my opinion. Just abstract alphabet art doesn't cut it.

  •     This book was totally uninteresting to my grandchildren. It's a book that adults think will catch the interest of little ones and does not.

  •     Sharing a book is one of our favorite past times but my kids were totally not interested in this book. They wanted to see pictures of the animals and the black and white drawings were just not very interesting. I'm not sure what age group this book would appeal to.

  •     Would have liked to see actual photos of the animals instead of a small illustration. And while I enjoy good black and white artwork, the red font was a little too...harsh.

  •     I made a quilt of all the blocks and it is awesome!

  •     My 16 months old really enjoyed the book. She likes the graphics - which is done in black and white. We adults enjoyed the actual reading portion. The information is very educational. I can see my baby reading this book with a different perspective when she is older.

  •     Fantastic book for children, artists , graphic designers.


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