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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Never Smile At a Monkey by Steve Jenkins

Just what I need, more things to be afraid of. But the animals in Steve Jenkin's Never Smile at a Monkey: And 17 Other Important Things to Remember are presented with such style that it's worth the sacrifice. ;)
Grandly illustrated with collages of cut and torn paper, each animal and their dangerous ways are described on one and two page spreads. You will learn why you need to be cautious of beasts like a hippo, a spitting cobra and an African buffalo, as well as more unassuming creatures such as a platypus, a Tang fish and ... a caterpillar? More detail about the animals, as well as further reading suggestions, are found at the end of the book.

On a personal note, the picture of the cassowary's head completely freaked me out. This ostrich-like bird has an armored head. It looks positively prehistoric, and as someone who had childhood nightmares of pterodactyls, this guy is frightening enough even without without its kicking talent.

Jenkins has created many other fantastic books that teach kids about animals; you may remember the amazing title Actual Size (Bccb Blue Ribbon Nonfiction Book Award (Awards)). For more, take a look below.

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