Honestly, despite getting more or less what I expected from Acting Wild by Maria Birmingham and illustrated by Dave Whamond, I have to admit that I didn’t really like it. To a certain extent, I think that I thought there would be more scientific-related commentaries regarding how we are similar to other animals and ultimately it was more of a list of qualities that animals an humans share. And the whole book was basically narrated by an ant, which while interesting and probably something that children would enjoy, it didn’t really attract my interest.
I’m not sure I really found much wrong with the book as a whole. It was well illustrated, informative, and had a genuinely good purpose. I do feel as though the way the information was presented might be difficult for younger children to understand and older children may not be as interested. But that’s about it, really. Overall, I just had a rough time getting into it and I don’t feel like the book matched a specific audience, instead trying to appeal to younger children with a vocabulary that’s probably higher than what they’d understand.
Acting Wild wasn’t my favorite, but it wasn’t exactly what I would call bad, either. It was just okay.
I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.