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 Talk, talk, squawk! : a human's guide to animal communication
 Author: Davies, Nicola

 Publisher:  Candlewick Press (2011)

 Dewey: 591.59
 Classification: Nonfiction
 Physical Description: 61 p., col. ill., 16 x 24 cm.

 BTSB No: 261493 ISBN: 9780763650889
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Subjects:
 Animal communication
 Human-animal communication
 Human-animal relationship

Price: $19.36

Summary:
How does a stink bug flirt, a bee give orders, or a panda say "back off?" A must-have guide to messaging, animal-style.

 Illustrator: Layton, Neal
Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 6.10
   Points: 1.0   Quiz: 147845
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 3-5
   Reading Level: 9.60
   Points: 6.0   Quiz: 56085

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Reviews:
   Kirkus Reviews (10/01/11)
   School Library Journal (11/01/11)
   Booklist (11/15/11)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (12/11)
 The Hornbook (00/01/12)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 11/01/2011 Gr 3–6—This creative team adds to its cheeky series with this volume devoted to animal communication. Through an upbeat, conversational narrative, Davies introduces youngsters to key methods of communication (such as uniforms, smells, sounds, songs, and body language), important messages ("one of us," "danger," "keep out," "I am gorgeous," "Where are you?," etc.), why communication is important, and examples from a wide variety of animal species. In organizing her material, Davies uses headings that range from the straightforward "Long-Distance Calls" and "Where's My Baby?" to some less intuitive choices like "Simply Divine" and "Happy Families." As a result, the volume might not function quite as well as a quick reference, but the engaging prose and Layton's comical cartoons provide enough interest to tempt students and browsers into a closer reading. Layton's liberally anthropomorphized and scribbled out cartoons, which convey an active imagination and silly sense of humor, set the tone and play off the more interesting examples in the narrative. A glossary clarifies scientific terms that aren't defined in the text, and an index lists the animals and some types of signals mentioned. More detailed and lighthearted than Steve Jenkins's Slap, Squeak and Scatter (Houghton, 2001), Talk, Talk, Squawk! is entertaining and worthwhile.—Jayne Damron, Farmington Community Library, MI - Copyright 2011 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Bulletin for the Center... - 12/01/2011 Davies and Layton have been roaming fearlessly through the animal kingdom for several amusing and informative volumes now, starting with Poop: A Natural History of the Unmentionable (BCCB 9/04); as excellent communicators themselves, they have finally, unsurprisingly, turned to the topic of communication. The book covers forms of communication, from visual (“Uniforms are a very simple type of signal that says ‘one of us’”) to olfactory (“Any beaver without the family stink will get chased out of the lodge!”) to auditory (“Sound travels four times faster in water than in air, so sound is a really good way of sending messages underwater”). There’s also an overview of the kinds of messages animals are inclined to send, such as “Where are you?” and “I am gorgeous!” Particularly interesting to young readers will be the exploration of message mimicry, with safe animals copying dangerous ones and vice versa, and the communication balance such fakery requires (“If this kind of lying got too common everyone would lose out”). While this is breaking less new ground than the previous titles, it’s a tasty overview of a broad and complicated subject, and the distillation into bite-size pieces of introductory information, all rooted strongly in specific example, will be welcome to even tentative young biologists. The format is familiar from Davies and Layton’s previous outings, with art amiably noodling around the text, comic-book panel narratives popping up, and general irreverence the order of the artistic day, but Layton embraces color with new verve here, throwing in lively patterns and photocollage elements that spice up his doodly linework. This goes smack into the biology curriculum, but it could also make an unexpected appearance in language arts, and it’ll be a draw for reluctant pleasure readers. An index and brief glossary are appended. DS - Copyright 2011 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.

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