Book Review: The Big Book of Wild Cats by Rachael Smith

Explore the wonderful world of wild cats―an encyclopedia for kids

Did you know that wild cats can be found on every continent except Antarctica? That’s right―there’s a whole world of wild cats to discover in this standout among animal facts books for kids! The Big Book of Wild Cats is packed with life-like illustrations, colorful photos, and fascinating facts about wild cats.

Everything animal facts books for kids should be, this book has in-depth information about all 37 species of wild cats. Discover details about each one’s appearance, habitat, social structure, hunting habits, and how they raise their young. Whether you’re writing a school report or just want to learn about wild cats, you’ll have a roaring good time with The Big Book of Wild Cats.

All animal facts books for kids should include:

  • Cats by continent―Unlike other animal facts books for kids, this one has illustrated maps showing which wild cats live on each continent around the globe.
  • Endangered cats―Find out ways you can do your part to help endangered wild cats like tigers and snow leopards.
  • Helpful definitions―Discover an easy-to-understand glossary for some of the more advanced words in this exciting choice among animal facts books for kids.

Bring the excitement of wild cats into your own home (safely!) with facts and pictures you won’t find in other animal facts books for kids. The Big Book of Wild Cats has it all!

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy from Callisto Publisher’s Club. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

The first thing The Big Book of Wild Cats does is list wild cats from the biggest to the smallest. In case you were wondering, tigers are the biggest and can grow up to 10 feet long and weigh between 220 and 660 pounds. For some reason, I always thought lions were bigger, but they’re not. The smallest are wildcats which grow from 16 inches to 36 inches long and weigh between 6 and 18 pounds.

Next it explains the fastest cats, the cheetah being the fastest of course. But it also lists the runners up.

Most of the book is divided into Big Cats and Small Cats and each section lists size, life span, food they eat, sounds they make, what they look like, where they live, their social structure including the raising of their young, hunting habits, skills, and more. Most of the cats have a section about their population because many are vulnerable and their population is threatened. Others are elusive and scientists aren’t sure how many there are.

At the end of the book are helpful maps and a glossary. It also explains about endangered cats and how you may be able to help.

I definitely recommend The Big Book of Wild Cats for all ages. It will give you hours of entertainment with interesting facts about wild cats of every kind.

About the Author

Rachael Smith is the founder and curriculum designer of Literacy with the Littles ( Through her blog, she shares crafts and activities for parents and teachers that are designed to help little ones develop a love of learning. In 2010, she earned her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and began her teaching career. Rachael is a former first grade teacher turned stay-at-home mom. She is a wife and mother of four little ones. She enjoys crafting, sports, traveling, spending time outdoors, and making memories with her family.

Book Review: The Fascinating Animal Book for Kids by Ginjer L. Clarke

Are you a budding zookeeper or veterinarian, or are you just WILD about animals? Everything that animal books for kids ages 9-12 should be, The Fascinating Animal Book for Kids is packed with colorful photos and 500 ferocious facts about creatures from all over the world.

Unlike other animal books for kids ages 9-12, all the super cool facts inside are organized by type of animal, so you can quickly find the critters you want to study.

Animal books for kids ages 9-12 should be fun and educational. In this one, you’ll learn super cool facts like: Snow leopards keep themselves warm by wrapping their tails around their bodies like scarves. Fireflies use their lights to talk to each other. Immortal jellyfish can live forever. They grow to adulthood and then shrink back to babies, over and over again.

Look no further for fun and colorful animal books for kids ages 9-12—this one has you covered.

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy from Callisto Publisher’s Club. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

What an interesting book! You don’t have to be a kid to appreciate The Fascinating Animal Book for Kids. I learned a lot. For example, did you know that a car could go 20 miles using the methane gas produced by one elephant’s farts in a single day? Just like the title says, it’s fascinating. Another example is that I knew that the Immortal Jellyfish can live forever. But I didn’t know that it grows to adulthood then reverts back to being a baby, over and over again.

The Fascinating Animal Book for Kids is full of gems like my two examples. It also has pictures of the animals. It’s in six color-coded chapters: Magnificent Mammals, Creepy Crawlies, Water World, Scaly Things, Amazing Amphibians, and Feather Friends. The only thing I noticed that would make it better is if there was an index. I only noticed that because I went to look up the jellyfish for this review, and I had to go to the Water World section and look through to find the jellyfish. It’s not a big deal but worth mentioning.

I definitely recommend The Fascinating Animal Book for Kids for all ages. It will give you hours of entertainment with interesting facts about animals of every kind.

Book Review: The Secret Life of Moles (and their friends) by Liz Burgess

Title: The Secret Life of Moles (and their friends)
Author: Liz Burgess
Release Date: 28th February 2019
Genre: Picture Book
Page Count: 40
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing


Liz Burgess has always held a keen interest in nature, especially small furry mammals!

Long fascinated by their secret activities at home in her own back garden, and the fields surrounding it, she decided to explore this special underground world, and find out more about moles and their other little friends. Liz Burgess lives in South Yorkshire and The Secret Life of Moles is her first book for children.

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

The Secret Life of Moles is the story of a mole family that has outgrown their field so one of the children and his friends decide to find a new field to live in. Unfortunately, it’s actually a person’s garden but with the assistance of other animals in the yard, the moles are able to move in.

This is a cute story and explains how and where moles live but it would not keep the attention of a 5-year-old. There are a few sketches but no colorful pictures to keep a child’s attention. I do think it would be a good book for 7 or 8-year-olds to learn about moles.



About the Author

Liz Burgess lives in South Yorkshire has enjoyed a varied career, including working for a UK Environmental Charity, the latter 10 years as a Director. She had always had a keen interest in nature especially small mammals, activities in her own back garden and the surrounding fields inspired her to write the Secret Life of Moles. Any reference to a moles natural behaviour in The Secret Life of Moles is correct according to Liz’s small amount of research. All the drawings were been done by Liz in pencil and ink.

At the age of 68, Liz enjoys hiking, birdwatching anything to do with wildlife. She has done quite a bit of foreign travel, including rain forests, jungles and was fortunate to see a ‘tiger’ in the wild. Liz retired at 60, previous to this she worked for an environmental charity for 28 years. Mainly involved with operational developments but she does have a background in Human Resources and Employment Law.



Book Review: Animals Have Feelings, Too! by Karen Lee Stevens

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Animals Have Feelings TooTitle: Animals Have Feelings, Too!: Exploring Emotions From A to Z
Author: Karen Lee Stevens
Publisher: All for Animals
Pages: 32
Genre: Children’s Picture Book



About the Book

Filled with humor and whimsical illustrations, this enchanting and educational A to Z guide takes young readers on a journey through the alphabet with a lovable Labrador retriever named Sandy, who shows kids that animals and people share many of the same feelings. From A is for Affectionate to Z is for Zonked, Animals Have Feelings, Too! helps children to understand and express their feelings and to treat animals with kindness and respect.

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  • Animals Have Feelings, Too!: Exploring Emotions From A to Z is available at Amazon
  • Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.

My Review

I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.

Sandy is an adorable Labrador retriever who shares different emotions that animals have using the letters from A to Z. The text is easy to understand and there is a cute picture for each letter. The pictures are mostly of Sandy and Willow, a cat who is a friend. 

I think children will love this book. It also teaches them that animals have feelings, too. That’s a very important lesson for children because I think some kids don’t realize that.

The last couple of pages are for grown-ups and I think they’re a good addition to Animals Have Feelings, Too! The first page suggests a game to play to further help children understand that animals have feelings. It also describes All for Animals which is a nonprofit organization. The last page lists the biographies of the author, the illustrator, and, most importantly, Sandy.


Book Excerpt

Hi Kids,

My name is Sandy and I’m a yellow Labrador retriever. Most of the time, I’m a happy-go-lucky pup, but once in awhile, I feel lonely or grumpy, too. Just like you, I experience lots of different emotions (that’s a BIG word for feelings).

When I’m happy, I wag my tail and let out a soft ruff-ruff-ruff as if to say Let’s play! When I’m annoyed or frightened, I may grumble and growl, meaning Back off, buddy! Stay away!

My feline friend, Willow, likes to remind me that I’m not perfect, but I love her anyhow. And that’s why I’ve asked her to help me introduce you to my very favorite feeling words. I hope you’ll share them with your human family and, of course, your furry and feathered friends!





About the Author

Karen Lee StevensKaren Lee Stevens is the founder and president of All for Animals, a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a compassionate world for animals and children through humane education and literacy programs that nurture the human-animal bond.

Karen is also an author and a Certified Humane Educator who, for the past 14 years, has given presentations to thousands of elementary school children and has helped them learn how to treat animals with love and respect.

In February, 2013, Karen launched ARF! (Animals + Reading = Fun!), a unique literacy program that gives children from all walks of life an opportunity to improve their reading skills and inspire them to become life-long readers by reading aloud to specially trained therapy dogs.

Her latest children’s picture book is Animals Have Feelings, Too!: Exploring Emotions From A to Z.

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