So, You Want to Work with Animals? : Discover Fantastic Ways to Work With Animals, from Veterinary Science to Aquatic Biology – by J.M. Bedell

         So, You Want to Work with Animals? : Discover Fantastic Ways to Work With Animals,  from Veterinary Science to Aquatic Biology (Be What You Want series) – by J.M. Bedell, Aladdin, (9781582705972), 2017.

Format: Paperback

Rating: 1-5:  (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre: Non-fiction

What did you like about the book? Considering a career working with animals? If so, this solid introduction to animal-related careers could help. Using an upbeat, chatty tone, it provides an impressive set of options with enough details to allow readers to envision training for and then doing each career. Chapters cover working with domestic, wild, and farm animals, bugs, birds, and fishes, animal protection, working animals, and research animals. The author utilizes a variety of formats, such as lists, spotlights on industry trailblazers, quizzes, and q and a interviews, many with young people who are already working with animals. Simple black and white drawings further break up the text. The extensive end matter includes an entire chapter of resources sorted by topic, as well as a glossary, end notes, and a bibliography.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  It could use an index. Also, since so many specifics are provided, some of the information will begin to go out of date right away. For instance, Barnum & Bailey Circus was mentioned as an animal-related employer, but they announced just last month that they are closing.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Recommend to school guidance counselors and to young people in grades 6 – 9 who are interested in working with animals.

Who should buy this book? Middle school libraries and public libraries.

Where would you shelve it?  Shelve in non-fiction with books about domesticated animals in 636.

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  Not necessary, but have a copy on hand if you have animal-obsessed patrons.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Mary Melaugh, Marshall Middle School Library, Billerica, MA

Date of review:  6/4/17

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