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|Like a lizard|
Author: Sayre, April Pulley
Live the lizard life by exploring the behaviors of 28 different types of lizard.
Kirkus Reviews (01/15/19)
School Library Journal (03/01/19)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 03/01/2019 K-Gr 2—There are thousands of lizard species that are so different from one another that their distinct characteristics make for the clever rhyming text that drives this book. Right from the start, a pattern is established with a question: "Can you run like a lizard / Sun like a lizard/ Bob your head like a lizard?" Questions are followed by bright, digitally rendered and labeled illustrations that represent the particular animals capable of performing these various actions. For further information, however, the reader must consult the back of the book, where there are more detailed entries for 28 lizard types. While not sufficient for in-depth research, these brief entries all include a physical description, a habitat fact, and an explanation as to why the author attributed a given behavior to a given creature. VERDICT This rhythmic, zippy work is packed with verbs printed in bold-faced type. Valuable not only for reptile enthusiasts but also as a mentor text for students working to expand their own writing vocabularies. A fun and useful purchase that a range of readers will enjoy.—Gloria Koster, formerly at West School, New Canaan, CT - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 03/01/2019 Using a series of lyrically phrased questions (“Can you run like a lizard? Sun like a lizard? Bob your head like a lizard? One, two!”), Sayre spotlights 28 lizards, drawing attention to their most noteworthy behaviors and features. She mentions the prominent dewlaps (throat pouches) found on green anoles; the blue tongues that distinguish shingleback lizards; the insect-eating capabilities of red-headed rock agamas; and the swimming prowess of marine iguanas, among others. Laberis’ brightly colored digital artwork brings these vividly hued creatures to life. She uses naturalized settings, but each species takes prominence in the art. Particularly striking are the greater short-horned lizard (depicted squirting blood at a coyote) and the green basilisk lizard, seen dashing through water to escape an eyelash viper. A final verse urges readers to refrain from emulating these creatures: “No need to match like a lizard. Pretend—don’t defend like a lizard . . . Be you!” Appended with extensive notes on the selected species, this makes a good STEM-themed read-aloud or introduction to herpetology units. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.