|Wild style : amazing animal adornments|
Author: Grodzicki, Jenna
What do a crab waving pom-poms, a bug with a backpack of dead ants, and a mud-spattered vulture have in common? They all have wild style! Check out how their wacky adornments help them survive.
Kirkus Reviews (-) (06/15/20)
School Library Journal (09/01/20)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 09/01/2020 PreS-Gr 3—Grodzicki examines how animals protect themselves from predators and thrive in their environment. The book emphasizes the "wild" factor in both words and illustrations. There are a wide variety of adaptations. The sponge crab is described as having a "yucky taste"; an assassin bug "carries a heap of dead ants" whose insides it has first sucked out; and a golden tortoise beetle larva carries a "stinky umbrella," which includes fecal matter attached to its spine called an anal fork. The book's concept relies on the "ick" factor. Explanations of these animal features are reinforced by bright print and bold illustrations. Back matter provides "wild facts" about the "cool creatures" detailed in the book. VERDICT A possible supplement to animal studies. Educators and caretakers should read the book first before sharing so that they are ready for responses to some of the more unsavory animal attributes such as the beetle's "poop umbrella."—Myra Zarnowski, City Univ. of New York - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.