Actual Size

Actual Size

4.34 (2,421 ratings by Goodreads)
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How big is a crocodile? What about a tiger, or the world's largest spider? Can you imagine a tongue that is two feet long or an eye that's bigger than your head? Sometimes facts and figures don't tell the whole story. Sometimes you need to see things for yourself--at their actual size.
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Product details

  • 0-5
  • Paperback | 28 pages
  • 234 x 296 x 4mm | 204g
  • Boston, MA, China
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0547512910
  • 9780547512914
  • 16,415

Review quote

Jenkins' imaginative paper collages work their usual magic in transcending their medium to capture the spirit and detail of their subjects. The real triumph here, however, is the compositions...the book makes brilliantly creative use of its tight focus, resulting in startling closeups. The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, Starred

Jenkins' artwork is gorgeous (a gatefold of a frog in midleap is particularly memorable)... An unusual, unusually effective tool for connecting children to nature's astonishing variety. Booklist, ALA, Starred Review

A thoroughly engaging read-aloud and a must-have for any collection. School Library Journal
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About Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins has written and illustrated nearly twenty picture books for young readers, including the Caldecott Honor book What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? His books have been called stunning, eyepopping, inventive, gorgeous, masterful, extraordinary, playful, irresistible, compelling, engaging, accessible, glorious, and informative. He lives in Colorado with his wife and frequent collaborator, Robin Page, and their children. To learn more about Steve and his books, visit
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Rating details

2,421 ratings
4.34 out of 5 stars
5 53% (1,287)
4 31% (752)
3 13% (323)
2 2% (37)
1 1% (22)

Our customer reviews

I loved this book the moment I saw it, the astounding real life sized animals shocked me, as well as the kids in my classroom. Unfortunately the only problem is that this version of the book is in inches and pounds, not centimetres and kilograms :( Being from Australia, this is not as relevant to the kids. There is another version on The Book Depository site that uses these forms of measurement, so make sure you buy the correct version for your country. Still an absolutely awesome book. Looks like a maths lesson in conversions is in order :)show more
by Jemma Elkington
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