Author: Tim Fortier
Illustrator: Kathleen Warno
Age Range: Kids of all ages!
Available at http://tfortpoetry.com
Tim Fortier describes his new book, Animal Imagine as “a whimsical take on animal stereotypes.” Whimsical indeed, this delightful, colorful picture book is a journey of tapping into your imagination to see what kind of magic you can reveal.
The story presents like a poem and readers are invited to imagine various playful scenarios of animals outside of their typical domains. Everyone knows giraffes have long necks but has anyone ever imagined a giraffe who wears neckties? What about a starfish trying on a t-shirt – can you imagine what that t-shirt might look like? And skunks? Can you imagine them spraying perfume instead of stinky stuff?
This story was so much fun to read and as I was reading I actually imagined whole classrooms full of kids giggling with delight at these hilarious and thoughtful situations and even creating their own “what-ifs” with other kinds of animals.
The illustrations are colorful and witty and complement the story, inspiring the imagination and captivating the audience. I especially loved the picture of the shark with braces. Somehow, those silver shiny teeth made that big mouth a little less intimidating!
It’s obvious Tim puts his heart and soul into his work. He visits schools and encourages kids to write their own poetry. And – one dollar of every book he sells will be donated to charity, with a focus on organizations involved in pediatric cancer.
Animal Imagine is a fun story for all ages.
About the Author and Illustrator
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