"When it comes to wild animals, everyone knows that there are certain things you just don't do. It's clearly a bad idea to tease a tiger, pull a python's tail, or bother a black widow spider. But do you know how dangerous it can be to pet a platypus, collect a cone shell, or touch a tang fish? Some creatures have developed unusual ways of protecting themselves or catching prey, and this can make them unexpectedly hazardous to your health."
Oh how I love Steve Jenkins! He truly produces great, quality Non-fiction books for kids, complete with awesome illustrations and simple, yet totally educational facts. His latest, Never Smile at a Monkey, is easily another winner and one I can see teachers and librarians using all the time.
I can personally say that I learned a whole lot from this children's book! I did not know that confronting a kangaroo, swimming with squid, or petting a platypus were bad ideas, along with a bunch of other cool facts. The page spreads are awesome, each individual page featuring a different animal not to mess with, illustrated in Jenkins' cool way, with some reasons why and a nice, bold title.
There's an index of all the animals in the back, expanding on why they are not to be taken lightly.
Great for libraries, school, and home shelves.
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Never Smile at a Monkey
Non-Fiction Picture Book
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Review copy courtesy of publisher