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|Pipsqueaks, slowpokes, and stinkers : celebrating animal underdogs|
Author: Stewart, Melissa
Introduces young readers to a variety of "animal underdogs" and explains how many characteristics we see as weaknesses play a critical role in their survival.
Kirkus Reviews (07/15/18)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 06/01/2018 From “puny peewees” like the Etruscan pygmy shrew to walruses keeping cozy in winter beneath 400 pounds of fat, this gallery of a dozen creatures designated (by the author, at least) as “unsung underdogs” aims to step away from the usual apex predators and photogenic celebrities of the animal kingdom to introduce a humbler clan. With such high-profile examples as the koala, Galápagos tortoise, and okapi included, the premise quickly breaks down. Still, though, in describing how the repulsive stenches produced by the hoatzin and the zorilla work as defensive mechanisms, or explaining that koalas and some other animals sleep most of the time to conserve energy, the point that every animal, no matter how seemingly weak, has “its own special way of surviving” is effectively made. The narrative also offers discussion-encouraging questions, and the lively painted portraits depict the animals fairly realistically, placing them in simplified natural settings, sometimes with a humorous touch. Animal books abound, but for younger readers who can’t get enough of them, this makes an appealing addition. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.