Monday, November 22, 2010

Non-Fiction Monday: Animals!

I have two awesome books to share with you all today, both focusing on animals and both great for gift-giving during the holidays!

The first, 101 Freaky Animals is by Melvin and Gilda Berger and is perfect for those boys that can't get enough of weird, gross, and freaky things. There are girls out there drawn to these books too, of course, but more times than not it's boys that head to this section of the library/bookstore, eager for something strange.

This one features photographs and descriptions of 101 animals, some you may have heard of and some you definitely won't have. From giraffes to giant clams, naked moles rats to hooded seals, and lots of other crazy animals in-between, there is whole lot of fun and a lot of education in these pages. Bold and bright photographs stand out on the pages and the short, to-the-point descriptions are filled with info, without being boring.

It's a book that is great to just flip through and read trivia facts about weird things! Great for classrooms or for reluctant readers. It's in paperback, making it a nice stocking stuffer.

And just let me say, if I ever come in contact with a Flannel Moth Caterpillar, those of you on the west coast might just hear me screaming! SO weird!

101 Freaky Animals
Melvin and Gilda Berger
112 pages
October 2010
Review copy provided by publisher

Just One Bite by Lola Schaefer and illustrator Geoff Waring is for the younger crowd, but just as enjoyable. You'll LOVE the cover and the illustrations inside get even better, as we learn about animals and what they can eat. All of the animals and their food/bites are life-sized which is super-cool. 

I really loved the giraffe eating leaves with his life-sized tongue and the whale eating the giant squid. Incredibly well done in regards to the illustrations an the facts about eat animal and its prey included in the back made the educational value spot-on. Great for younger kids, just getting into the non-fiction stuff. Or for those that love a nicely illustrated children's book. 

Just One Bite
Lola Schaefer
32 pages
Chronicle Books
September 2010
Review copy received by from publisher

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