Monday, October 26, 2009

Non-Fiction Monday: Never Smile at a Monkey

Jacket description:
"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
Steve Jenkins
32 pages
Non-Fiction Picture Book
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
October 2009
Review copy courtesy of publisher


Katie said...

I loved this one too! So much I tried to nominate it for Non-Fiction category of Cybils but it was deemed ineligible... :(

maureen said...

I'm Australian and I can confirm confronting a Kargaroo or petting a platypus is a really bad idea. But I'll have to purchase Steve Jenkins latest book beacause I have no idea of the rules concerning swimming with squids.

Amanda said...

Katie, yeah I think it was published just recently. After the nominations closed anyways...maybe not.