Review Detail

intriguing collection of fun facts about animal communication
Overall rating
 
3.7
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
3.0
Learning Value
 
4.0
HOW TO TALK TO A TIGER... AND OTHER ANIMALS is an intriguing non-fiction picture book that teaches about the many different ways that animals communicate. The book covers a variety of animals and different methods of talking, such as the use of colors, bioluminescence, and subsonic sounds. The book groups them into four overall categories of sights, sounds, smells and tastes, and electrosensory and touch. As an adult, I also found myself learning new things about so many different animal species, who all have their special mechanisms of communication.

What I loved: There is so much great information in this book, and there is so much to learn about animal communication. It turns out that there are a lot of things I did not know about how animals can talk to each other, including nonverbal information. This feels quite broad and covers a lot, so it would be a great pick for animal lovers and those who enjoy fun facts.

Each page features a few choice paragraphs about a key animal with similar methods from other animals sharing the page. For instance, on the page where it discusses the toadfish and the Sausalito Hum, it also discusses the lyrebird's ability to mimic, and the large sound that can be made by cicadas using their guts! The text is accompanied by illustrations of the discussed animals with action drawings where relevant.

What left me wanting more: As a small point, the font is very small in places, and I had a lot of difficulty reading it. It may be easier on younger eyes, but some of the paragraphs get shockingly tiny. For sensitive readers, there is a lot of talk about stinky excretions (including the hippo poo splash zone with illustrations) in the smells section as well as a page of animals who are good at playing dead, including making secretions to simulate a dead body.

Final verdict: An educational read full of fun facts, HOW TO TALK TO A TIGER... AND OTHER ANIMALS is an advanced picture book resource for learning how different animals can communicate.
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