- A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever
Amphibian aficionados rejoice! Stalwart photoessayist Bishop and National Geographic contributor Moffett, in the promising Face to Face series, have each produced a visually arresting introduction to our froggy friends. Bishop follows the format of his Spiders (BCCB 10/07), with stunning close-ups of individual frogs serving as starting points for discussion of that particular species or region; Moffett has a slight preference for an overview approach, with personal accounts of his own explorations providing entertaining specifics to go with the arresting visuals, as casual sidebars offer information on random hoppy topics. This duo is a both/and rather than an either/or; the Bishop is probably a tad more accessible, despite its slightly greater length, and the Moffett a frog's whisker more informative, but critter-loving kids aren't going to want to miss Moffett's gallery of jewellike poison dart frogs or Bishop's stop-motion frog leap or eyeball-to-eyeball encounters, and both will draw browsers as much as serious readers. Bishop's book concludes with a lengthy note about his photography, an index, and a glossary; end matter on the Moffett gives kids tips on environmental preservation and frog observation, covers some basic frog facts and provides a global map keyed to the featured frogs, and includes a glossary, list of print and net resources, and an index.