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.