Extremely Gross Animals: Stinky, Slimy and Strange Animal Adaptations by Claire Eamer

Extremely Gross Animals: Stinky, Slimy and Strange Animal Adaptations by Claire Eamer. Kids Can Press, 9781525303371, 2021

Format: Hardcover, 40 pages

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

Genre:  Nonfiction

What did you like about the book? This nonfiction title is sure to amuse and entertain fans of the gross and slimy!  The book talks about adaptations for multiple animals in various habitats around the world and how they survive due to some interesting defenses.  The author does a fine job of describing the defense without concentrating solely on the gross factor.  Each animal is treated independently, their environment is explained and the reason the defense works for this species.  Table of contents, index, glossary and a list of sources are an added bonus to this title. 

Anything you didn’t like about it? As the title suggests, the amount of gross in the books could be overwhelming for some readers, as there is much mucus, poop and similar excretions.

To whom would you recommend this book? Readers, in grades 3 and up, who enjoy learning about animal adaptations that are gross and slimy would like this title.  

Who should buy this book? This would be a good purchase for upper elementary/ middle school or public libraries that cannot get enough easy-to-read titles about gross, slimy, or stinky adaptations.  

Where would you shelve it? Nonfiction

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  I feel that this title would reside at the top of the “to read” pile.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Elena Schuck, Nathaniel H. Wixon School Library, Dennis, Massachusetts

Date of review: April 25, 2021

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