Steve Jenkins is back again with his whimsical and striking torn and cut paper collages! He again masters the art of teaching us about animals in a fun, easy style that makes us unaware we are even learning. Most of us have a heathy fear of lions and tigers and bears, not to mention, snakes, sharks and scorpions. But Jenkins calls upon the lesser known, seemingly 'safer' creatures: platypuses, cassowarys, kangaroos and monkeys. Did you know a platypus is the only poisonous mammal? That the flightless cassowary stands as tall as a man and can deliver a lethal kick with it's sharp claws, or an angry kangaroo can deliver a blow powerful enough to cave in a person's chest? And do be careful, because if you laugh at the antics of a silly monkey, it may interpret your show of teeth as aggression and respond violently. For more good advice that will surprise you and keep you safe, read Never Smile at a Monkey.
Awards nominated: Monarch Award Nominee 2012
Date read: 3/23/2011