Pretty Tricky: The Sneaky Ways Plants Survive by Etta Kaner, illustrated by Ashley Barron


Pretty Tricky: The Sneaky Ways Plants Survive by Etta Kaner, illustrated by Ashley Barron. Owlkids, 2020. 9781771473699

Format: Hardcover

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

What did you like about the book? You know about plants that eat bugs, but have you heard about plants which have leaves that mimic the trees they grow around (Boquila vines)? Did you know that there’s a plant that can pretend to play dead (Mimosa plant)? Readers learn that there are reasons for the trickery of plants: defense, getting food, and reproduction. Plants from around the world are depicted with clever cut paper collage, looking both realistic and arrestingly artistic. Playful language and section headings make the informative text fun to read. With a table of contents, an index, sources and a glossary, this is a winning middle grade source for readers who enjoy finding out about the thornier (pun intended) abilities of plants.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book?  For non fiction readers, ages 7-10.

Who should buy this book? Elementary school and public libraries

Where would you shelve it ? 581.4

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

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA

Date of review: January 2, 2021

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