Book Review | Curious Critters

Title: Curious Critters

Author: David FitzSimmons

About the Book:

In his children’s picture book CURIOUS CRITTERS (November 2011, Wild Iris Publishing, hardcover, ages 4-8) photographer David FitzSimmons turns his camera on a variety of animals common throughout North America. CURIOUS CRITTERS presents stunning images of everyday animals, including a red flat bark beetle, an Eastern spiny softshell turtle, a spotted salamander, and many other intriguing creatures. Each Curious Critter is photographed against a white backdrop, showcasing the animals’ colors, textures, and shapes with precision and clarity. Along with each photo is a vignette, told from the critter’s perspective, that educates and entertains. For example, a bush katydid explains her bubblegum-pink color, a poetic opossum opines upon her often-shortened name, and a far-from-modest black swallowtail butterfly lets readers in on her secret for avoiding predators.

When parents read CURIOUS CRITTERS with their kids not only will they have fun reading, but they also inspire in them a life-long interest in nature. Kids will want to swap TV and video games for a trip to the park or more time in the backyard. So, get ready to have a budding biologist on your hands!

My Review:

Have you ever wondered what turtles and humans have in common, why frogs sing or if a squirrel can fly? CURIOUS CRITTERS has exceptional photographs of each critter being featured and my children were wide-eyed as they learned about Monarch butterflies, Spotted Salamanders, Bush Katydids, Fox snakes and Southern Flying Squirrels. This is one of the best children’s picture books that we have ever enjoyed in our science class and my children are learning a lot about the animal world. The text and facts are very interesting and will appeal to children of all ages. In fact, my three year old son has decided to “become” a jumping spider as he stalked and leaped about the house over the past several days.

To see the images is to understand just how amazing the photographs in this children’s book really are so you are invited to visit the website and check it out for yourself!

*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*


Maureen is a SAHM who left the Corporate healthcare field to home educate her 6, 7 and 8 year old children. She is a voracious reader for both herself & her kids and also enjoys a natural and organic lifestyle. She lives in Orlando, Fl with her husband Mark, three children and 5 year old boxer, Jack.

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