One of the few things I hate about being a writer is asking people to review my books. When a new one comes out, I make myself wait a while before checking to see if anyone is reviewing it. I know about the commercial agencies, of course, because my publisher sends copies of those. In the case of the February release by Charlesbridge, NOW YOU SEE THEM, NOW YOU DON’T received a starred review from Kirkus.
“The poems are graceful and often humorous, giving good introductions to the reasons behind each animal’s protective coloration . . . The text educates young readers about useful camouflage for predators and for prey, without resorting to anything truly disturbing. Other than a “buzzy fly” becoming “fast food” for a spider and some tiny fish disappearing, predators are shown as merely threatening, and prey are shown as successfully hiding. Endnotes, cover, and layout all add to a thoughtful, well-executed book. An attractive, informative blend of science and the arts.”
The School Library Journal, said: “The verse is brief but catchy, and Harrison’s sound use of rhythm and rhyme results in offerings that are pleasant to read aloud . . . An altogether appealing volume for young poetry aficionados and animal lovers alike.”
From Booklist: “Nineteen varied poems, illustrated in cut-paper relief, describe examples of animal camouflage to young readers. Using instances from sea life, reptiles and amphibians, mammals, insects and spiders, and birds, Harrison’s succinct poems detail the techniques used by these creatures to avoid detection . . . Helping to bridge the gap between science and literature, this joins the growing number of excellent nature poetry titles, such as Joyce Sidman’s Winter Bees and other Poems of the Cold (2014) and Irene Latham’s When the Sun Shines on Antarctica and Other Poems about the Frozen Continent.”
It’s those individual reviews that I love to see and they’re the ones I hate to ask for. But they’re important and help others decide if they want to read the book for themselves or recommend it.
So far only three personal reviews have been posted on Amazon and not a one on B&N. Online book reviews and rankings are hardly the whole story of what’s going on in the life of a title, but they are the most visible. So . . . if you have seen a copy of NOW YOU SEE THEM, NOW YOU DON’T and feel moved to review it, I would appreciate it very much. Thank you!