How To Wash A Woolly Mammoth

Am I supposed to review this on a delicate cycle?  Don't bother answering that question - let's see what happens if I set my ratings machine on regular mode...                  

*Author Michelle Robinson and illustrator Kate Hindley combine their areas of expertise to get the maximum yield from the specimen they've unearthed
*The project is at its best in the first few pages, thanks to the presentation of spec-heavy renderings 
*For whatever reason my son's interest in woolly mammoths is at an all-time high this month, so it was nice to discover that there's a book "about" them that isn't so customarily scientific   

*Almost right away, one gets the sense that this research would grow stale over time
*Have you ever noticed how hard it is to maintain continuity when there's a page smack dab in the middle of the story that has a bunch of words and pictures that are related to what's going on but does not follow the text presented before it 
*I see why they thought the muddy leaf scene would be funny, but it simultaneously renders the previous steps useless and also happens to be the ugliest image to look at 

Much like the species it describes, HTWAWM was predestined to die out despite the hard-to-deny interest it generates.  You might get away with occasionally revisiting the subject, but anything more than that is as unlikely as seeing a furry elephant with tusks walking the plains of today's Northern Hemisphere.                              

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