Pipsqueaks, Slowpokes, and Stinkers: Celebrating Animal Underdogs – Melissa Stewart, illustrated by Stephanie Laberis


  Pipsqueaks, Slowpokes, and Stinkers: Celebrating Animal Underdogs – Melissa Stewart, illustrated by Stephanie Laberis, Peachtree Publishers, (9781561459360), 2018

Format: unbound paper galley

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

What did you like about the book?   This unique book celebrates the unsung of the animal world and explains why what some might see as negatives, they actually make the animal quite fantastic.  From the tiniest like the Etruscan pygmy shrew and the Amau frog to the stinky hoatzin and the smelly zorilla to the sleepy koalas, bats and armadillos to the clumsy western fence lizard to the fat walrus and lastly to the famous naked mole rat with no hair and super-long teeth we learn what makes these animals so special.  Illustrations done in Adobe Photoshop depict these critters and those that they outwit.  Back pages provide additional information on the twelve animals.

 To whom would you recommend this book?  Give this one to kids who like animals, especially unique facts about animals.

 Who should buy this book? Public libraries and day-cares

Where would you shelve it?  590

 Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  No.

 Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Moderator, Youth Services Book Review

Date of review: 5/26/2018

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