Sunday, August 16, 2015

Toby and the Ice Giants, by Joe Lillington

Toby was a young bison who lived during the last ice age.  One day, he decided to venture out on his own to meet some of the other animals.  Joe Lillington tells Toby's story in Toby and the Ice Giants.  Some of the animals Toby meets will be very familiar to kids who have seen the Ice Age movies: the wooly mammoth, the megatherium (sloth), the glyptodon, and the smilodon, a.k.a. sabre-toothed tiger.  He also meets someone familiar to us modern readers: a human.

Toby enjoys meeting all of these giants, but finally decides that he's better off staying with his family, "at least until I'm a bit bigger."  Lillington tells us a little about each of the animals Toby meets, including their size, weight, diet, habitat, and other facts about them.  Kids of all ages will enjoy the illustrations and the informative sidebars.  Too bad some of these giants didn't stick around after the end of the ice age.

Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for the complimentary electronic review copy!

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