July 2012 Indie Next List
“The cover of this book alone is worth the price. Rohmann's stunning wood-block style prints are a perfect complement to this great read-aloud tale. Rhythmic prose tells of the chain of events as one by one the animals fall into a jungle pit with the lurking threat of tigers nearby. Children will love the humor and tension and the repeated chorus of 'Oh, No!' as the story comes to a fitting end.”
— Leslie Reiner, Inkwood Books, Tampa, FL
About the Author
Candace Fleming spent two years researching this book from spending time in archives and libraries to learning how to play a steam calliope, riding an elephant, winning (and wearing) a red rubber nose at the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circus when it came to Chicago, and even walking the tightrope (two feet off the ground) at Ringling Brothers former winter quarters in Baraboo, Wisconsin.
Eric Rohmann won the Caldecott Medal for "My Friend Rabbit", and a Caldecott Honor for "Time Flies". He is also the author and illustrator of "Clara and Asha", "A Kitten Tale", and "The Cinder-Eyed Cats", among other books for children. He has illustrated many other books, including "Last Song", based on a poem by James Guthrie, and has created book jackets for a number of novels, including "His Dark Materials", by Philip Pullman. Rohmann was born in Riverside, Illinois in 1957. He grew up in Downers Grove, a suburb of Chicago. As a boy, he played Little League baseball, read comic books, and collected rocks and minerals, insects, leaves, and animal skulls. Rohmann has his BS in Art and an MS in Studio Art from Illinois State University, and an MFA in Printmaking/Fine Bookmaking from Arizona State University. He also studied Anthropology and Biology. He taught printmaking, painting, and fine bookmaking at Belvoir Terrace in Massachusetts and introductory drawing, fine bookmaking, and printmaking at St. Olaf College in Minnesota. He lives in a suburb of Chicago.