Kid’s Corner: Man Gave Names to All the Animals by Bob Dylan

Title: Man Gave Names to All the Animals
Author: Bob Dylan
Illustrated by Jim Arnosky
Details: Hardcover, 32 pgs.
Published: Sept. 7, 2010 by Sterling
Reading Level: Children
Received from: Sterling Publishing


He saw an animal that liked to snort. Horns on his head and they weren?t too short. It looked like there wasn?t nothin? that he couldn?t pull. ?Ah, think I?ll call it a bull.? Man gave names to all the animals, from the mighty bull to the messy pig, in the song Bob Dylan wrote twenty years ago. Now with bite, wit, and explosive color, Scott Menchin gives us new insight into this legendary song.

My Thoughts:

This book is beautifully illustrated, but the story/song is also fantastic.  It’s the Bob Dylan song and it comes with the CD with the song on it.  It’s actually a children’s CD that I don’t go crazy listening to after the 500th time!   And trust me, we have probably really listened to it 500 times!  My kids love it!  I put it in and the first time they just dance around.  Then the second time they sit and look at the gorgeous pictures in the book.  And then, they usually play it about 10 more times before taking a break.  They read the book alone as well.  Well, they just look at the pictures since they can’t read, but soon they will have it all memorized and can at least pretend to read it!  
I can say that as a parent this book is perfect.  I can read/sing it to them pretty quickly and the illustrations are beautiful and you find new animals every time.   Like I said, the CD isn’t annoying (who doesn’t like Bob Dylan?!) and I don’t go crazy listening to it over and over.  The book can keep the kids entertained by itself if the CD were to break.  
This has been THE BOOK for the past week since it arrived on our front porch.  We got other books too but this is the one they are so focused on they haven’t even paid attention to the others!  

This is what the book looks this if you were to lose the dust jacket.  Beautiful isn’t it? I take the dust jacket off when I take it down for the kids to read on their own.  It’s one less thing to get ripped or tore off.  And the baby loves looking at that tiger!

Here’s my daughter reading/looking at the book.

I give this book:
Story: 5/5
Illustrations: 5/5
Audio: 5/5

I’d say it’s a winner!

Disclosure: I received this book for review purposes.  I was not paid nor influenced in any way.  The opinions expressed are my own.

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  1. Anonymous

    Great review of Man Gave Names To All The Animals. You should make it clear Jim Arnosky illustrated this new published edition not Scott Menchin.

  2. Anonymous, I figured that it was clear since I put illustrator: Jim Arnosky. I didn’t mention the other guy since I don’t have a clue who that is. I assume it must be who illustrated a previous edition which I didn’t even know about.
    Glad you like the review though :)

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