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Silver Birch Express Award 2023

Who's Looking?
How Animals See the World
By (author): Carol Matas Illustrated by: Cornelia Li
Carol Matas ,

Illustrated by :

Cornelia Li


Orca Book Publishers - Victoria



Product Form:


Form detail:

Picture book, Sewn, Paper over boards
Hardcover , Picture book, Sewn, Paper over boards


Juvenile: Age (years) 3 - 5, Grade (CAN) P - K, Grade (US) P - K, Reading age 3 - 5
Apr 12, 2022
Print Run: 5000
$21.95 CAD


10in x 10 x 0.44 in | 520 gr

Page Count:

32 pages


16 Colour illustrations
FSC certified – mixed sources C023083
Orca Book Publishers
JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Anatomy & Physiology
Children’s picture books|Zoology and animal sciences|Children’s / Teenage general interest: Nature, animals, the natural world|Interest age: from c 3 years
Forest of Reading Silver Birch Express Nonfiction Award 2023, Nominated OLA Best Bets Honourable Mention 2022, Commended CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2022, Commended
  • Short Description
In this gorgeously illustrated nonfiction picture book, a young girl and her baby sister explore the land around them while various animals and insects look on. The art reflects the world as viewed by the animals, along with the text explaining some science behind each animal's unique type of vision.
What do you see?

★“In this delightfully original nonfiction picture book… the readable text offers understandable science, while the engaging illustrations promote careful investigation. A valuable addition to science and nature collections. Highly recommended.”—School Library Journal, starred review

How do animals see the world? It turns out, very differently.

In this nonfiction picture book, a young girl and her baby sister's outdoor adventure (hiking through the forest, picnicking in the grass and swimming in the ocean) is overseen by the local fauna. The way those animals view the girls is very different from how the girls see each other. Goats see far and wide in a panorama, whales don't see color the way humans do and a high-soaring eagle's sharp vision can clearly see a tiny mouse far below. Through clever illustrations and scientific prose, we are reminded that while we may see things differently, we all share this life together on planet Earth.

Key Selling Points

  • A gorgeously illustrated picture book that features the unique characteristics of the vision of different animals and insects.
  • A perfect STEAM book, featuring interesting scientific information paired with art.
  • The story follows the arc of time over a year and a half; the seasons change as a newborn grows into an active toddler.
  • This is the author’s first picture book, but she is the author of numerous books, including several in the Dear Canada series, and she has won a number of awards for her middle-grade and YA books, including the Geoffrey Bilson, Sydney Taylor and the Silver Birch Awards.
  • Cornelia Li has done editorial work for the New York Times, the New Yorker, the Atlantic, NPR, PBS NewsHour, VICE and Scientific American.

Carol Matas is an internationally acclaimed author of over forty-five novels for young people. Her bestselling work, which includes three award-winning series, has been translated into fifteen languages. She has received over 100 awards and honors, including two nominations for a Governor General's Literary Award. Who's Looking is her first picture book. Carol lives in Winnipeg.

Cornelia Li is a Chinese-born illustrator currently based in Toronto. She is intrigued by narrative woven into daily interactions between people and their surroundings and she set out to capture the relationship by externalizing the ideas and emotions into elements in her images. Her work has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, Communication Arts, the AOI, 3x3, the National Magazine Awards and more.

Marketing and Promotional Plans

  • Print and online advertising campaigns
  • Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences
  • Extensive ARC distribution, including NetGalley
  • Blog and social media promotion
  • Outreach in Orca newsletters

“Well-organized, succinct, child-friendly and inquisitive…An eye-opening STEAM picture book. Highly Recommended.” - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

★“In this delightfully original nonfiction picture book… the readable text offers understandable science, while the engaging illustrations promote careful investigation. A valuable addition to science and nature collections. Highly recommended.” - School Library Journal, starred review

“A great concept for a picture book, and Li’s illustrations are gorgeous enough to stand on their own…A beautiful, almost meditative reflection on the abundance of the natural world.” - Quill & Quire

“Every scene is interesting…Young readers will enjoy pointing out the differences and hopefully be encouraged to take closer looks during their own adventures.” - Booklist

“Will delight readers of all ages...A magical and wonderful story that is not only accessible but enjoyable for readers of all abilities. This is a rich addition to the abundant genre of animal books as it offers a new and engaging perspective that will appeal to the inquisitive nature of primary school children.” - Canadian Children's Book News

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