Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group
Five Creatures

Five Creatures

Emily Jenkins; Pictures by Tomek Bogacki

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Trade Paperback

Three humans and two cats

Five creatures live in our house.
Three humans, and two cats.
Three short, and two tall.
Four grownups, and one child (that's me!).

In this book of lighthearted comparisons, simple text and warm pictures work together to depict various scenes in a happy household where each member is distinct but also has something inn common with one or more of the others. The fun comes from sorting out the similarities and the differences.

Five Creatures is a 2001 Boston Globe - Horn Book Award Honor Book for Picture Books.

American Library Association Notable Children's Books, Boston Globe – Horn Book Award, Honor Books, ALA Notable Children's Books, Child Magazine Best Books of the Year, BCCB Blue Ribbon Award, Boston Globe-Horn Bk Award, Honor Bk, Charlotte Zolotow Award / Honor Book, Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books Blue Ribbon Award


Praise for Five Creatures

“A little girl contemplates the relationships among the five members of her family . . . She begins with similarities in appearance - 'three with orange hair' (mother, child, one cat) . . . then moves on to more idiosyncratic groups: 'one who can crawl under the fridge' . . . What emerges is a cozy portrait of two cats and three people who make up one loving family.” —Starred, The Horn Book

“This clever, multi-layered book is as much for sharing and getting little ones on the path to deductive reasoning as it is for reading.” —Starred, Booklist

Reviews from Goodreads

About the author

Emily Jenkins; Pictures by Tomek Bogacki

Emily Jenkins and Tomek Bogacki have also collaborated on Daffodil. Both author and illustrator live in New York City.

Emily Jenkins

Photo by Heather Weston

Tomek Bogacki

From the Publisher

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