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Lesser spotted animals : the coolest creatures you've never heard of, Martin Brown

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Lesser spotted animals : the coolest creatures you've never heard of
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Lesser spotted animals
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the coolest creatures you've never heard of
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Martin Brown
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  • Coolest creatures you've never heard of
  • Coolest creatures you have never heard of
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the coolest creatures youve never heard of
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eng
Summary
Find out all about the amazing animals you need to know but never get to see, from the numbat to the zorilla, and everything in between.--
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Booklist Editors’ Choice: Books for Youth, 2017.
Review
  • Gr 3–6—What are a numbat, a zorilla, an onager, a gaur, and a hirola? Readers learn about these unusual animals in this playfully written and witty guide to creatures unknown. Each of the subjects receives approximately two pages of treatment. Page layout is consistent and well organized, with blocks of color drawing attention to the humorous but informative text. Brown offers vivid analogies rather than precise measurements when describing animal sizes; for example, the zebra duiker is "medium dog-size—with skinny legs," while the crabeater seal is "as big as a very tall, fat man—lying down." The subjects inhabit different regions, and tiny maps, occasionally too small to distinguish, identify where they can be found. Among other details are diet and conservation status, derived from the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List. The light, cartoonish artwork matches the tone of the writing. Vocabulary chosen for the glossary continues the fun. Among the terms are more familiar words such as male and female and even the definition of glossary. VERDICT This romp through the lesser-known animal kingdom will inspire appreciation in readers. Highly recommended as an alternative to more traditional works.—Lynn Vanca, Freelance Librarian, Akron, OH --Lynn Vanca (Reviewed 12/01/2016) (School Library Journal, vol 62, issue 12, p129)
  • In a richly entertaining and informative animal guide, Brown introduces 21 creatures that aren’t often in the limelight, including the Cuban solenodon, a rare venomous mammal not immune to its own poison; the lesser fairy armadillo (“the big ones are like small armored pigs”); and the Russian desman, “a sort of large, long-tailed underwater mole.” Brown’s cartooned creatures often stare at readers with expressions of skepticism or even boredom, complemented by dry-witted speech and thought balloons, and the descriptions of the animals are equally droll. “Let’s face it,” he writes, “the main reason this bat is in this book is because of its name: the dagger-toothed flower bat.” Beneath the humor, Brown shows a clear appreciation for biodiversity and a concern for environmental threats threatening many of these animals and their habitats. Ages 7–10. (Jan.) --Staff (Reviewed 11/21/2016) (Publishers Weekly, vol 263, issue 47, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ Meet the numbat, fairy armadillo, zorilla, banded linsang, hirola, and a world of lesser-known animals. Martin takes on his first written and illustrated project in an experimental, factual study of unfamiliar animals that offers a cheekily entertaining collection of fascinating creatures. Each double-page spread features one animal and related data: its size, what it eats, where it lives, a general description of the beast, comparisons to other animals, and, crucially, the animal's status—ranging from endangered to "least concern," with a couple who are "data deficient." Sharing space with the (mostly) realistic depictions of these animals are cartoons, many of them with quips or other remarks young readers will appreciate. Martin creatively offers as thumbnails often humorous illustrations of other animals as comparison, and he depicts their ranges on unlabeled but recognizable maps. The solid background colors vary from blue ocean depths to sandy African and Middle Eastern desert lands. Young readers will chuckle multiple times or simply ask questions; the word "ass" or "asses" is used eight times in the onager entry, and there's a tidbit about British explorer John Speke, who suffered "the unhelpful setback of dying." What is perhaps the most important feature is the book's not-at-all-subtle mission to encourage the protection of status-threatened creatures. This ambitious nonfiction picture book uncovering extraordinary, rarely spotlighted creatures is both informative and funny—quite a feat. (glossary, key) (Informational picture book. 7-10)(Kirkus Reviews, November 1, 2016)
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10547892
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1959-
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Brown, Martin
Dewey number
590
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
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no index present
LC call number
QL83
Literary form
non fiction
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  • 3
  • 6
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dictionaries
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True
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  • Animals
  • Zoology
  • Rare animals
  • Endangered species
Target audience
juvenile
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the coolest creatures you've never heard of
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Lesser spotted animals : the coolest creatures you've never heard of, Martin Brown
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Inlcudes glossary
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Contents
Numbat -- Cuban solenodon -- Lesser fairy armadillo -- Zorilla -- Silvery gibbon -- Dagger-toothed flower bat -- Long-tailed dunnart -- Russian desman -- Speke's pectinator -- Onager -- Banded linsang -- Yellow-footed rock-wallaby -- Gaur -- Sand cat -- Southern right whale dolphin -- Three monkeys (Red-faced spider monkey, gray-shanked douc langur, Golden snub-nosed monkey) -- Hirola -- Crabeater seal -- Ili pika -- Zebra duiker -- Black-footed ferret
Dimensions
27 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
52 pages
Isbn
9781338089349
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations, maps
Label
Lesser spotted animals : the coolest creatures you've never heard of, Martin Brown
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Inlcudes glossary
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Numbat -- Cuban solenodon -- Lesser fairy armadillo -- Zorilla -- Silvery gibbon -- Dagger-toothed flower bat -- Long-tailed dunnart -- Russian desman -- Speke's pectinator -- Onager -- Banded linsang -- Yellow-footed rock-wallaby -- Gaur -- Sand cat -- Southern right whale dolphin -- Three monkeys (Red-faced spider monkey, gray-shanked douc langur, Golden snub-nosed monkey) -- Hirola -- Crabeater seal -- Ili pika -- Zebra duiker -- Black-footed ferret
Dimensions
27 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
52 pages
Isbn
9781338089349
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations, maps

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