Dan Tavis's humorous illustrations crank up the delight, and a child wanting to learn more will find it in the natural-history backmatter. Pat Brisson employs a variety of verse forms in the book, and she shows how it's done in a back-of-book feature called "A Peek into the Poet's Toolkit." Common Critters is a three-tool STEAM book with delightful reading, natural history, and language skills rolled into one.
Pat Brisson lives in Phillipsburg, New Jersey, where she lives with her husband and their four sons. She is the author of the "Kate" books-- Your Best Friend, Kate ; Kate Heads West ; and Kate on the Coast .
Maryann Cocca-Leffler has illustrated many books for children, including Wednesday is SpaghMore about Pat Brisson