Agent X is a polar bear detective reviewing a stack of case files belonging to animal “criminals.” In each file, he finds a short description of the animal’s villainous behavior, as well as a rap sheet listing, among other things, known aliases, sightings, and gang name. In a creative, clever mixing of fact and fun, these items serve as placeholders for scientific facts about the animals. Under aliases, for example, are listed the various names by which the animal is known, including its scientific name. Under gang name is listed the animal’s collective name, like a cast of crabs. The criminal acts of the animals are humorously described, which are actually fascinating facts about the animal’s unique survival instincts. For example, the “Big Bad Mama” cuckoo bird lays her eggs in other birds’ nests, while the “Copy Cat” predator margay cat pretends to be a monkey to lure food. Tekavec does a remarkable job of infusing scientific data with clever fun to make the information stickier than the typical fact sheet, while Batori’s illustrations add to the humor, especially with her presentation of the various animals’ in their criminal mugshots. As the book is carried less by story and more with humor, it’s best suited to be enjoyed and studied by stronger readers who enjoy animals.
Heather Tekavec discovered while working as a preschool teacher that children’s books were a lot more fun than adult books. In addition to books, Heather enjoys writing short stories, articles and poems for children’s magazines, such as CRICKET, Chirp, Highlights and Totline, and has delved a few times into writing scripts and directing live theater. Heather lives in Cloverdale, British Columbia.Susan Batori is a Hungarian illustrator, graphic designer and character design addict. Watch out — no one, not even her boyfriend or cat, is safe from becoming a funny character in an illustration. If you aren’t careful, she just might use you as inspiration …
Susan Batori lives in Budapest, Hungary, with her soul mate, Robert, and with her cat, Kamilla. She studied graphic design at the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts, Budapest. She worked as an art director at an advertising agency; then she noticed that drawing hilarious characters was much more fun. Since 2013, Susan has been working as a freelance children’s book illustrator. Humor is the one thing in her studio that she could not live without.
Nothing yet! You should let Susan Batori know that you want to hear from them about their book.
Nothing yet! You should let Heather Tekavec know that you want to hear from them about their book.