Reviews | Paige Jaeger

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“As a mother of two small girls, I am always looking for new and interesting books to capture their imagination and interest. Animals are always a huge hit with them and this book had them hooked.

The writing was great. For my kids, I’ve noticed that rhymes really help keep their interest, especially in longer books. The mixture of both information and facts of each animal with ways humans are harming their environment and animals was very informative while keeping it simple for a three year old. It was very thought provoking for children opening up the discussion of how our actions impact our environment and how it can disrupt others lives.

The illustrations were extremely beautiful. They were colorful and and really breathtaking. What i really enjoyed was how some of the illustrations included part of the story to it. For example, when littering was mentioned, the illustration included garbage to enhance the understand for kids and show how it really does effect the animals life. The amount of detail for each animal was done amazingly. She really took her time to study each animal and made sure they were drawn properly.

All in all this book was great. I loved the message it gave about protection or environment along with the animals that belong to it. I loved the illustrations and how it enhanced the storytelling of the book. I loved the ease of reading this to my kids. It was a fun, great read.”

— Natalie Samples for NetGalley

“I loved the images in this book and they are the main reason I have given this such a high rating – they made the book for me.

I liked the layout of the book and that each animal gets it own mini feature. The book is lovely in that it rhymes where possible too which makes it an easy read, even if the subject matter is sad. It does show how key conservation is to making sure these animals survive for future generations to enjoy.

It is 4 stars from me for this one.”

— Donna Maguire for NetGalley

5 stars. “This book had a lovely message, really nice art, and my kiddos loved the verses told from the point of view of the animals.”

— Aftin Combs for NetGalley

“A strong book, even if it relies heavily on quite simplistic rhyming and at-times dodgy meter, this is from the point of view of endangered species, all writing (and signing with a paw-print – except for the whale, of course) their own plight in poetry. So they each get to lambast the problems we cause them, whether it be habitat loss, or some pathetic excuse for hunting them, and ask us rhetorically what we expect to find in their specific place in the food chain if we manage to kill them off. In actual fact, this is quite a successfully hard-hitting book, then, but I did find the verse a little on the doggerel side at times. Still, I think the message is too important to dismiss, and the artwork really makes this book a winner too, so I’ll still encourage the purchase of volumes from this series.”

— John Lloyd for NetGalley

“Told as rhymes from the POVs of endangered species, this book of rhymes is cute, fun and educational all at the same time. I think it’s just nice for its targeted audience without being too heavy and the cute illustrations made it all the more enjoyable.”

— Cherlynn Ng for NetGalley

“Most of the illustrations were beautiful and very colorful. I loved how some of the illustrations included part of the story to it. However the story was very sad and was far over my 4 year old head. I would say it would be great for 6- 12 year olds, and a great book for teachers to have in their classrooms. It is told in a rhyming manner and from the POVs of 14 endangered species. Addax, Great horned antelope, tapir, sea turtles, whales, ivory-billed woodpecker, lynx, red panda, pygmy hippo, vultures, orangutan, cheetah, sea otter, and the mongoose lemur. It also has A paw-print (signature) page is included as an interactive guessing game.”

— Joyce Stewart for NetGalley

5 stars. “I loved this book. The artwork is absolutely beautiful and my grandson loved reading it with me. I highly recommend this book fir anyone who has children that love animal stories.”

— Richelle Rodarte, for NetGalley

5 stars. “Splendid, educational and inspiring.

The watercolor style illustrations are magnificent, Carol Hill Quirk express the beauty of animals and awaken empathic emotions toward them. Paige Jaeger’s poetic verses give voice to the needs of each species, communicate their qualities, and inspire diverse feelings.

With each page, each species, my son and I were filled with awe and sadness at the same time, learning about the existence of these beautiful inhabitants of our planet and knowing that we contribute to their extinction indirectly or directly. The book inspires us to take small steps to conserve habitats, and may even inspire some children to find the vocation to collaborate committedly in reproduction and conservation projects.”

— Roger Reancont (Educator), for NetGalley

“This children’s story was hilarious, impactful, and thematically strong! Front of the line for teachers of young children.”

— Rogene Carter (Educator), for NetGalley

Read Reviews for Who Will Roar When I Go?

5 stars. “This book presents a scary, but real problem, about animals in our world. All of the animals mentioned in this book are endangered, on the edge of extinction. The author beautifully describes each animal in a rhyme, describing why the animal is extinct. The illustrations are beautiful and match the descriptions in the writing. I love the last page, where the reader has to guess what animals match each footprint. What a fun activity for kids! As an educator, I find this book appropriate for many grade levels. Preschool and kindergarten would enjoy this book, especially the illustrations. With grades 3-6, you can dig deeper into the topic and discuss extinction and how we can prevent it. As a fourth grade teacher currently teaching about ecosystems, I look forward to reading this book and discussing the topic with my students.”

— Shari Nagy for NetGalley

5 stars. “Illustrated beautifully by artist Carol Hill Quirk, and written poetically by the author with the highly appropriate name of Paige Jaeger (Jaeger in German means ‘hunter’! Page Hunter? Great name for a writer! LOL!), this book highlights some of the endangered animals on the planet, and we really need to start paying close attention.

We need to focus not just on the species charmingly depicted in this book, but to entire ecosystems that we are despoiling not only through hunting, poaching, and habitat destruction, but also through climate change, which notwithstanding our idiot president’s delusional view of science, IS caused by humans, IS happening right now, and IS dangerously affecting the entire planet.

The lion is considered a ‘vulnerable’ species, which is only one step up from endangered. The gorilla is critically endangered, which is one step below ‘merely’ endangered. Well over a thousand rhinos were killed by poachers in 2015. Their population cannot remotely sustain such wanton murder. The western black rhino and the northern white rhino are already extinct along with a sub-species of the Javan rhino. We will never see their like again. The rest of the Javan, and also the Sumatran rhinos are critically endangered, and the Indian rhino is vulnerable.

In the mid-nineteen thirties – Ernest Hemingway’s puffed-up ‘Great’ White Hunter era – there may have been as many five million elephants in Africa. Now there is far less than a million. The tiger is Asian, and it’s endangered. There is much less than four thousand of them left in the wild. Most zebra species are endangered. One of them, the quagga, is already extinct.

The quetzal bird is much better off, being ‘only’ near-threatened, while the Chinese giant salamander is critically endangered because the idiot Chinese hunt it for food and medicine. The North American Karner blue butterfly – which I have to be honest and say the art in this case does not do justice to (sorry, Ms. Quirk!) – is vulnerable, and all eight species of the pangolin – which live across the southern hemisphere and which are utterly adorable – are threatened with extinction. Despite China doing the right thing (but perhaps only because it’s a national treasure) the panda is still considered vulnerable.

This gorgeous picture book is the beginning of what I hope will be a successful and informative series because it has a lot of potential not only to do good, but to be inventive in how it informs readers. This first makes a colorful statement and a plaintive call for help.

There’s a glossary of long words in the back. I would have liked to have seen a short section giving some details – for the grownups! – in the back along with some ways they could help – for example by means of listing URLs of conservation and wildlife protection organizations, but any enterprising adult ought to be able to find those for herself these days. Other than that I though this was a treasure and I commend it for its message and its presentation.”

— Ian Wood, Ian Wood Novellum

“Paige Jaeger’s Who Will Roar If I Go is a beautiful children’s book about conservation and endangered species, told from the animals’ points of view. I read this with my cubs, and we all enjoyed it. I loved that not only were well known, and ‘lovable’ animals like lions and tigers included, but so were lesser known or not particularly cuddly critters like snow leopards, quetzal birds, and the Chinese giant salamander. With rhyming poetry, and gorgeous watercolour illustrations, this is a must have for any children’s’ library. It would make a great teaching tool in classrooms as well. My only qualm is that sometimes the poetry felt off, either a bit cheesy, or longer than felt necessary, and I found myself tweaking the stanzas to flow better to my ear.”

— J. Aislynn d’Merricksson, for NetGalley

5 stars. “This is a sadly necessary book, and it’s a bittersweet experience to read.

Written in a rhyming, poetry style, Paige Jaeger introduces us to endangered species around the world.

Unfortunately, we live in a world where people kill animals for the fun of it, or because greedy rich people want to decorate their houses with dead animals. Who Will Roar If I Go? introduces children to an important topic in a way that works for their age.”

— Sonya Heaney, for NetGalley

“This book has gorgeous artwork! The illustrations look as if they would be well suited for hanging on a wall. The story is one that needs to be told and the author did a nice job doing that. I especially loved the elephant….’no one needs my tusks but me, go make some in a factory’. We just lost the white rhino forever…..this book can help create a new generation of conservationists.”

— Emily Bennett, Librarian

5 stars. “Right off the bat, children will be amazed at the artwork that brings the endangered animals to life. With bright colors and beautiful brushstrokes, the different animals are instantly recognizable. Each page is devoted to a singular animal, with a poem about both the animal and why they are endangered. Although the target audience is very young, parents will also be able to learn something from this book. Who Will Roar if I Go? is a very important children’s book, as it brings to light how precious they are and how their disappearance from the world would be life changing.”

— Sharon Berge for NetGalley