Title: Creature Features; 25 Animals Explain Why They Look the Way They Do
Author: Steve Jenkins- Illustrated by Robin Page
Recommended for: Preschool-3rd grade
Call Number/Link: E 571.31 JEN
Synopsis: Let’s face it. Even as babies, we humans pay close attention to faces. Observing another person’s features and expressions tells us whether they are happy, angry, excited, or sad. And when we look at an animal, it’s hard not to imagine that its face is communicating human feelings. This isn’t true, of course. Squinty eyes, an upturned mouth, or another odd expression is probably there because, in some way, it helps that animal survive. Packed with many cool facts and visuals on where certain animals live and what they eat, this book captures twenty-five humorous—and very true—explanations of why animals look the way they do in order to exist in this world.
Review: We know how much our kids love animal books, but this book has a unique way of giving animal facts. For the kid who ever wondered if a puffer fish could actually explode this book will answer that question in a very direct way and from the animals point of view: “No, I won’t burst, I’ve inflated my body with water to make it tougher for a big fish to swallow me.” Robin Page’s illustrations highlight the text with a cool torn paper look. This book doesn’t have enough information for a school project but will be a really fun read for our young patrons.