An earnest narrator attempts to impart facts about animals that are seen on all continents with the exception of Antarctica.
When a turtle hears that its species has no presence there, it refuses to accept the fact and immediately announces its departure for Antarctica. The startled narrator demands that it retreat to its original page but is ignored. As more animals are told that they too are not represented on that continent, the narrator is faced with total rebellion, completely losing control of the endeavor. No number of warnings that they will not survive in that climate, nor ridicule, nor threats, can keep an owl, a dung beetle, a snake, a mouse, a bee, and a frog from joining the turtle in the mad expedition. After an astonishingly inventive journey, the travelers joyfully arrive in Antarctica, to the amazement of its penguins. But they soon discover that the narrator is right about the frigid, unbearable climate, and they head for home, leaving a surprise twist involving a penguin. The swiftly rising, maniacal tone is highlighted by different, boldfaced types assigned to the narrator and the animals. Vivid, wildly imaginative illustrations add wonder and excitement to the proceedings. Readers will laugh out loud at the animals’ recalcitrance and the narrator’s frustrations, all the while absorbing a great deal of information.
Delightful and hilarious.(further information, map, glossary) (Picture book. 4-9)