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Call me gorgeous! / written by Giles Milton ; illustrated by Alexandra Milton

Milton, Giles. (Author).
Book Book (2009.)
Description: 1 v. (unpaged) : ill. ; 26 cm x 29 cm.
Publisher: New York : Boxer Books Ltd, 2009.
  • ISBN: 9781906250713
  • ISBN: 1906250715
  • Edition: 1st American ed.
Summary: What kind of animal has a porcupine's spines and a crocodile's teeth; a flamingo's neck and a toucan's beak; a chameleon's tail and a rooster's feet? Has such a strange thing ever been seen? Fun and unique, like the fabulous beast it conjures up, Call Me Gorgeous! celebrates diversity and the beautiful differences between all creatures.
Authors: Milton, Alexandra. (ill.).
Citation: Milton, Giles. "Call me gorgeous!." New York : Boxer Books Ltd, 2009.
  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2009 December #1
    Just when little ones have mastered the members of the animal kingdom, along comes a creature that really mixes things up. This extraordinary animal is a fantastical mix of odds and ends, including bat wings, a toucan's beak, and porcupine quills. Double-page spreads introduce each of the animal's body parts in extreme close-up and large, simple text ("I've got reindeer antlers / and the ears of a pig"), leaving readers to imagine the beast that comprises such seemingly disparate parts. Milton's paper-collage and colored-pencil illustrations deftly mimic a variety of textures, from jagged crocodile teeth to the variegated scales of a chameleon. The book's big reveal shows that the animal is not a monstrous mishmash but rather, as the book's title suggests, a gorgeous one, who embraces her uniqueness. With its larger-than-life pictures and playful format, this creative picture book is a natural read-aloud, and its message of celebrating our differences will resonate with young readers. Copyright 2009 Booklist Reviews.
  • Publishers Weekly Reviews : PW Reviews 2009 November #3

    A Franken-animal gradually offers a self-portrait by describing each of its striking physical characteristics, which are borrowed from recognizable animals. Next to each line of text ("I've got reindeer antlers") are beguiling textural close-ups of each feature, created with colored pencil and lush handmade papers. The animal's pig's ears are wispy and fibrous, and a "flamingo's neck," in marbled pinks and oranges, resembles luridly vibrant cotton candy. Additionally, the creature has a porcupine's spines, the beak of a toucan, and charcoal bat wings. The Miltons, a husband-and-wife team, don't have a surprise ending in store in their debut children's book. What you see is what you get, and in this case, it's a "reinde-piggy-porcu-croco-touca-flami-roos-dalma-chameleo-bat-frog," a tongue-twister that will have kids in stitches. The enthusiastic hybrid creature, finally seen in full on the final page, delivers the closing quip, "But you can call me gorgeous!" After all the suspense, the sum of its parts might not be as dramatic as some might have hoped, but this unique book is as fun and brassy as it is visually striking. Ages 3–6. (Nov.)

    [Page 51]. Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
  • School Library Journal Reviews : SLJ Reviews 2010 January

    PreS—A mystery animal describes its many characteristics ("I've got reindeer antlers and the ears of a pig"), leading up to the big reveal: "I'm a reinde-piggy-porcu-croco-touca-flami-roos-dalma-chameleo-bat-frog. can call me GORGEOUS!" The book is visually rich but lacking in substance. The clues do not lead to a solvable mystery, since the animal is a fantasy creature of borrowed body parts, and to call the result "gorgeous" is a bit of a stretch. The story makes no statement about beauty being in the eye of the beholder or about valuing uniqueness; it is simply an exercise in fantasy. The large format, thick creamy paper, and highly textured illustrations featuring close-ups of the various animal body parts are indeed gorgeous. Full-body illustrations of the named animals decorate the endpapers, providing context, though some creatures are obscured by the dust jacket. While a first look at the book is visually arresting, the weak story will not hold up to repeated readings.—Heidi Estrin, Feldman Children's Library at Congregation B'nai Israel, Boca Raton, FL

    [Page 79]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

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