Book Review: Wild World by Angela McAllister and illustrated by Hvass and Hannibal

Wild World is a beautiful non-fiction poetry book exploring habitats from around the world.

Thirteen habitats from around the world, including Moorland, Prairie, Desert, Rock Pool and Mangrove among others, are shared through beautiful illustrations and stunning poetry.

An unusual combination of non-fiction and poetry, Wild World introduces readers to different habitats from around the world, and the animals and plants that can be found there, through both poignant poetry and intricate illustrations. The magic and wonder of each environment seep through the colours, drawings and poetry which carefully mirror each other.

Angler fish glow with living light to lure their prey,

Jellyfish sparkle,

Shrimp warn with a dazzling flash.’

Children can search each double page spread for the animals named in each poem. As each habitat is beautifully captured, the reader develops a strong sense not just of a wild world but a wonderful world. Alongside a wondrous celebration of nature, art and poetry, the book delivers a gentle conservation message through a fact file at the back of the book which introduces some of threats these different habitats are facing.

This would be a perfect book to accompany a geography unit about world habitats or introduce children to the wonders of the natural world and the threats they face. After reading some of the poems, children could choose other habitats and create their own poetry.

 

Wild World  by Angela McAllister and illustrated by Hvass and Hannibal was published by Wide Eyed Editions, on 21st February 2018.

Helen Mulligan is a Deputy Head and English Lead in a 2 form entry primary school in Cambridgeshire. She is passionate about reading and developing reading as a pleasure to be enjoyed as individuals and as communities.