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By Jess Keating. 2016
Some people think pink is a pretty colour. A fluffy, sparkly, princess-y colour. But it's so much more. Sure, pink…is the colour of princesses and bubblegum, but it's also the colour of monster slugs and poisonous insects. Not to mention ultra-intelligent dolphins, naked mole rats and bizarre, bloated blobfish. Isn't it about time to rethink pink? Grades 3-6. Winner of the 2017 Silver Birch Express Honour Book Award. 2016.
Some people think monsters are the stuff of nightmares--the stuff of scary movies and Halloween. But monsters can also be…found right in your backyard. Animals like aye-ayes, goblin sharks and vampire bats may look scary, but they pose no threat to humans. Others, such as the prairie dog, seem innocent--cute, even--yet their behaviour could give you goose bumps. What makes a monster? Read this book to find out, if you dare... Grades 2-4. Winner of the 2019 Silver Birch Non-Fiction Honour Book Award. 2017. Aye-aye -- Vampire bat -- Honey badger -- Portuguese man-of-war -- Horror frog -- Greater honeyguide -- Cordyceps fungus -- Deathstalker scorpion -- Prairie dog -- Assassin bug -- Fangtooth moray eel -- Tyrant leech king -- Goblin shark -- Komodo dragon -- Japanese giant hornet -- Humboldt squid -- Human.
Cute animals can melt our hearts and make us go awwwww. But how well do we really know nature's cuddliest…cutie-pies? Many creatures have developed cute features in order to survive in the wild. From fluffy fur to big round eyes to makeshift pom-poms and elegant feathery gills, cute adaptations allow these animals to scare off predators, withstand extreme climates, and even breathe underwater! Grades K-3. 2018.
By Sandra Markle. 2020
Award-winning author introduces the whale shark, the largest fish in the ocean that can grow to 40 feet long. Facing…threats from commercial fishing as well as climate change, whale sharks were categorized as endangered in 2016. Meanwhile, Scientists continue to study these gentle giants. For grades 4-7. 2020
By Nicola Davies, Neal Layton. 2015
Overview of some of the world's most dangerous animals: cheetahs, owls, sharks, snakes, wolves, and more. Includes odd tidbits and…fun facts, including that extracts from spider venom can be used to treat victims of strokes. For grades 3-6. 2012
By Jessica Loy. 2015
Collection of interesting factoids about fourteen well-known animals--for instance, a giraffe can decapitate a lion with a powerful kick, sand…tiger sharks are actually docile, and sloths sleep up to eighteen hours a day. For grades 2-4. 2015
By Sy Montgomery, Nic Bishop. 2010
Discusses the plight of the nearly extinct New Zealand kakapo--a large, flightless parrot. Explains the recovery-team scientists' work of moving…the remaining kakapo population to a safe environment and ensuring the birds' protection during the hatching season. For grades 5-8. 2010
By Cheryl Bardoe. 2010
Discusses what scientists have learned from the 2007 discovery in Siberia of a frozen baby woolly mammoth given the name…Lyuba. Explains how research on fossil tusks, teeth, and droppings reveals differences between mammoths, mastodons, and modern elephants. For grades 4-7. 2010
By Amy S. Hansen, Amy Hansen, Robert C. Kray. 2010
Explains ways that eight species--praying mantises, field crickets, dragonflies, ladybugs, honeybees, pavement ants, Monarch butterflies, and Arctic woolly bear caterpillars--survive…winter's harsh conditions. Discusses burrowing in the mud, migrating to warmer climates, laying eggs, hibernating, and freezing into a "bugsicle." For grades 2-4. 2010
By Stephen James O'Meara, Jeremy Kaposy. 2009
Scientist examines fear and explains supernatural phenomena using facts. Uses examples from books and movies to discuss ghosts, haunted houses,…decapitated heads, giant monsters, UFOs, vampires, werewolves, and more. For grades 4-7. 2009
By Christopher Sloan. 2008
Discusses the unusual features--giant beak, musical head, or wide muzzle--of eleven different dinosaurs and provides scientists' interpretations of the uses…of these characteristics. Covers the 2006 discovery of a spiky skull that looked so nasty it was named Dracorex hogwartsia, meaning dragon king of Hogwarts. For grades K-3. 2008
By Sy Montgomery. 2022
With three hearts and blue blood, its gelatinous body unconstrained by jointed limbs or gravity, the octopus seems to be…an alien, an inhabitant of another world. It's baggy, boneless body sprouts eight arms covered with thousands of suckers—suckers that can taste as well as feel. The octopus also has the powers of a superhero: it can shape-shift, change color, squirt ink, pour itself through the tiniest of openings, or jet away through the sea faster than a swimmer can follow. But most intriguing of all, octopuses—classed as mollusks, like clams—are remarkably intelligent with quirky personalities. This book, an inquiry into the mind of an intelligent invertebrate, is also a foray into our own unexplored planet. These thinking, feeling creatures can help readers experience and understand our world (and perhaps even life itself) in a new way
By Francesco Tomasinelli. 2019
From moths and beetles to worms and spiders, this completely illustrated, fact-filled book features hundreds of creepy-crawlies for kids to…discover and explore.This gorgeously illustrated book reveals the hidden world of some of the most mind-boggling insects. Divided into categorical sections like herbivores and predators, Bugs of the World includes beetles, wasps, bees, ants, caterpillars, butterflies, dragonflies, spiders, flies, crickets and grasshoppers, centipedes and millipedes, and more. Each of the 250 insects featured is accompanied by beautiful illustrations and facts about the creature, including its common name and scientific name, its size, its continent of origin, and a brief description of its unique characteristics. Kids will also learn about the different life cycles of insects, why they are important to ecology and our world, the planet's most dangerous insects, how bugs camouflage themselves, and so much more.
By Tim Flannery. 2020
Internationally renowned author and scientist Tim Flannery’s first children’s book is a humorous, informed, and accessible deep-dive into the natural…world. Are zombie jellyfish real? Do frogs like opera? What’s it like to wrestle a python? Tim Flannery has the answers. Introducing some of the most spectacular and unusual creatures on Earth, from water to sky and the forests and deserts in between, he offers in- depth and often bizarre facts on extraordinary animals that live in each habitat while incorporating concepts of climate change, evolution, conservation, and taxonomy. Did you know that lions once roamed North America, or that albatrosses sleep-fly? Have you ever heard a piranha bark, or ever wondered how the sloth got its name? Packed with vibrant illustrations and guided by real-life anecdotes from one of our greatest science communicators, Weird, Wild, Amazing! teaches readers to cherish and delight in our planet’s environment with Flannery’s signature mix of humor and wisdom.
By Matthew Murrie, Steve Murrie. 2020
A fascinating compendium featuring over 70 unusual animal species. What's in a name? This lively, illustrated celebration is jam-packed with creatures…notable for their bizarre, baffling, and just-plain-funny names. Meet the White-Bellied Go-Away Bird, whose cry sounds like someone screaming, "Go away!" Or the Aye-Aye, whose name means "I don't know" in Malagasy because no one wants anything to do with this bad-luck creature. Some are obvious, if still weird––guess what the Fried Egg Jellyfish looks like. Others sound like an inside joke: It's easy to figure out what was on the taxonomist's mind when he christened a fly he discovered Pieza Pie. Along the way you'll learn all about these curiously named animals' just-as-curious habits, appearances, and abilities.
By Nicola Davies. 2006
From the persevering emperor penguins of the South Pole to the brave bacteria inside bubbling volcanoes, from the hardy reptiles…of the driest deserts to the squash-proof creatures of the deepest seabeds, animals have adapted to survive in conditions that would kill a human faster than you can say "coffin." Discover how they do it in this amazing natural history book from a celebrated team -- and find out who wins the title of the toughest animal of them all. Back matter includes an index and a glossary.