Wanted! Criminals of the Animal Kingdom – Picture Book Review

By: Heather Tekavec
Illustrated By: Susan Batori
Published On: March 3, 2020

Cute! Cute! Cute! Do you want your kids to learn some animal facts, but need to disguise it in a way that they don’t know they are learning? If so, then this is book for you.

In Wanted! Criminals of the Animal Kingdom, Detective X is investigating thirteen animals with mild to moderate bad behavior. As the book begins Detective X introduces us to each suspect, what they are wanted for, their criminal behavior, top secret information, and known aliases. For example, the first suspect is an anglerfish (Ms. Jagged Jaws). She is known for luring her dinner to her (the actual description is much longer and more creative). She has several aliases (monkfish, her latin name….) and is known to prowl the deep, dark part of the ocean. She is known to live for 24 years and her gang is called “School.”

Gang fact from the book: A group of cuckoos is called an “Asylum of Cuckoos.’

Each animal has their own set of illustrations, which includes their arrest photo and a ‘photo’ of them caught in the act of their bad behavior.

Overall, a fun book that kids and adults will enjoy and a good way to learn a few new things that you may not have known before.

Rating: 5 stars

Thanks to Edelweiss and Kids Can Press for the advanced reader copy and the opportunity to provide an honest review.