Disappearing Acts is a beautifully illustrated search-and-find book. Each page features a densely detailed landscape: rainforest, savannah, coral reef, and more. Within these landscapes are hiding threatened species such as the Adelie penguin, elephant, panda, and snow leopard, and children are invited to search the picture to find each one. Alongside each illustration run descriptions of the animals, their numbers, their habitats, and why they are endangered. At the back of the book an index of animals provides further context. Isabella Bunnell’s warm, intricate watercolors provide a delightful way to learn about our planet’s rich diversity and fragile ecosystems.
RHAPSODY IN BOOKS REVIEW: The beauty of the packaging may convey the meta-message about the splendor of the natural environment, and how much is at stake if we don’t do a better job preserving it. There are also a lot of interesting facts for kids in this book, which definitely will appeal to eager learners. Only one small critique: I would have liked to see links to sites suggesting actions feasible for kids to help mitigate the devastation of the environment and protection of these species. 4.5/5
p>PreS-Gr 2-This lavishly illustrated work offers students the opportunity to search for animals hidden within their natural habitats. Each spread features a particular biome, from deserts and mountains to rain forests. A variety of creatures flood each spread, including several that are in danger of becoming extinct. Children are encouraged to search for the threatened species hidden among nonendangered ones. The searches do range in difficulty, with some more challenging than others. Back matter contains information regarding the location and status of each endangered animal, the reason for it being threatened, and the population known to be remaining. Often these numbers are distressingly small. It may be tough for young children to fully comprehend the ramifications of extinction, but this will help introduce them to the concept of habitats as well as the importance of a balanced ecosystem. VERDICT The interactive nature of this work makes it best suited for a guided group exercise or shared one-on-one with a child. School Library Journal
Plenty of picture books cover endangered animal science, but Disappearing Acts by Isabella Bunnell Each side bar includes the drawings of the animals particular to that environment, while the double-page spread hides the creature in its environment, making for a fun opportunity for kids to understand each animal. —MidWestBookReview
This most stunning search-and-find book of endangered animals is a complete gem.
Not only will you undoubtedly learn about some endangered species you never knew existed, but you’ll have much fun along the way spotting them all!- picturebooksblogger
This beautifully illustrated book from Cicada books will teach both you and your children all about the endangered animals and eco-systems in which they live. As you turn each colorful page you have to search and find the animals that are hiding within their habitats. When you have finished finding all the animals you can learn about them with detailed information such as where they are located, how many in that species remain and why they are endangered —Littlesleepybird
Vibrantly illustrated, this is an important book that all children should read. Hopefully, it won't become a catalogue of extinct animals, but it really is books like these that raise awareness in the people we need to educate the most--the children who will inherit the perilous habitats we are leaving behind. @kids-bookreview.com
Disappearing Acts is a unique take on search and find book, where kids search for endangered animals lurking in wonderfully detailed scenes.-Anorakmagazine