These Are Animals


Daniel Egnéus has created an exceptional picture book in ‘These Are Animals.’ He introduces his readers to the different animals by defining the differences in their sounds and shapes. Thereafter the animals of a variety of habitats are compared- woodland, polar, grassland, ocean, nighttime and rainforest. We watch their movements, examine their shapes, and through the use of pictorial, almost onomatopoeic text, are invited to make their sounds and copy their actions.

The pictures are vibrant and full. There is a fascinating, swooping positivism to the images.

These are Animals‘ is a glorious picture book. I have singled it out as a gift book for smaller people in my family and friendship circles. Bookwagon is proud to include it amongst our titles and urge our readers to add it to their bookshelves.

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These Are Animals

Daniel Egnéus

(Bloomsbury)- hardback

These are animals. Come and meet them all!‘ SNAP.  Daniel Egnéus invites young readers to compare a variety of animal movements, behaviour, habitat and sounds. What do we discover? Thereafter, what might we feel and learn? It seems that alongside the sounds and shapes we have the opportunity to understand. What’s more, this invitation urges us to make the sounds so that we ‘snuffle, hissss, chomp, roar, nibble, growwwwl, splash and sliiiide’!   Then again, where are these animals going?
Our invitation takes us from land to ocean, meadows, forests and seas. It seems that gently, almost imperceptibly, Daniel Egnéus reminds us of the fragility of our animal planet. It is a theme he’s continued in works such as Moth and Fox: A Circle of Life Story
Altogether, These are Animals is a magnificent pitch perfect picture book. The tones within which the pictures are imbued suggests the respect and awe of the subject. Then again, we’re aware of the variety and the rhythms of life. Finally, we’re reminded of our own part, that we’re only another animal, that makes sounds, moves and shares this planet. Bookwagon urges readers to linger over, know and share this wonderful work.


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