The Wackiest, Wildest, Weirdest Animals in the World by Jack Hanna. Thomas Nelson Publishers, 32 pages.
Colorful, age-appropriate, and fun are three words that immediately come to mind when considering this wonderful book from well-known animal expert “Jungle Jack” Hanna. All animals presented in this volume are categorized by one of the three descriptive superlatives in the book’s title: wackiest, wildest, or weirdest. I am the blessed father of four children, ages 2 to 7. All four of my children have been spotted enjoying the book on their own. I intentionally let a substantial amount of time pass before posting this review for the express purpose of seeing if my children would stay interested in this book. Let’s face it: if you have trained your child to love books, any NEW book you place before them is WONDERFUL, at least for a day or so. For me, the mark of an outstanding children’s book is one that the kids keep picking up, month after month. Jack Hanna’s book has passed the test. The graphic design may seem a little busy, but that’s what connects with my little ones. The writing is simple and relevant. The photography is superb. But the greatest surprise of all was the bonus DVD, which our whole family enjoyed. With the amount of use my kids have put this book through, it is not surprising to report that the binding is starting to give out. I suppose that is my only complaint; the book (along with almost all other books) could stand to be bound better.