SNAKES!

STRANGE AND WONDERFUL

From the Strange and Wonderful series

The author of more than 100 books for children and teens has produced another winner in this attractive compendium of intriguing snake facts. As with other titles in the Strange and Wonderful series, the author fosters an appreciation of all living things as he focuses on unusual features of his subject. Here he describes how snakes move, hunt their prey, avoid enemies, and survive in a variety of habitats. He introduces a few snakes from around the world, including boomslangs, cobras, rattlesnakes, and boas. Full-color drawings on every page are dramatic and visually satisfying. Many drawings extend the text, for example, the illustrator includes a series of drawings to show how snakes move or shed their skins, and magnified drawings to show different types of snake scales. The author concludes with an afterword on people and snakes. This handsome science title will slide off the shelf. (Nonfiction. 7-10)

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 2004

ISBN: 1-59078-003-5

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Boyds Mills

Review Posted Online: June 24, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 2004

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MR. POPPER'S PENGUINS

This is rather a silly story, and I don't believe children will think it particularly funny. A paper hanger and painter finds time on his hands in winter, and spends it in reading of arctic exploration. It is all given reality when he receives a present of a penguin, which makes its nest in the refrigerator on cubes of ice, mates with a lonely penguin from the zoo, and produces a family of penguins which help set the Poppers on their feet.

Pub Date: Sept. 26, 1938

ISBN: 978-0-316-05843-8

Page Count: 139

Publisher: Little, Brown

Review Posted Online: Jan. 15, 2014

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1938

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MERCY WATSON THINKS LIKE A PIG

Mercy Watson, beloved porcine wonder, meets Francine Poulet, “the best animal control officer in the history of the world.” When Mercy discovers freshly planted pansies next door, what can she do but eat them? Never mind that the pansies belong to the next-door neighbors, pig-loving Baby and her pig-hating sister, Eugenia. When the furious Eugenia sees the incriminating pansy petals on Mercy’s chin, her anger gets the best of her and she reports Mercy to Animal Control. The officer, beak-nosed Poulet, is energized by the challenge of adding a new animal to her life capture list. DiCamillo’s comic timing coupled with Van Dusen’s familiar, over-the-top gouache depictions of the emotional Mercy and her caring, buttered-toast-bearing “parents” make this a welcome addition to the popular series. Fifteen very short action-packed chapters make this a fine step up for readers ready for a slightly more challenging read than Henry and Mudge. (Fiction. 7-10)

Pub Date: July 1, 2008

ISBN: 978-0-7636-3265-6

Page Count: 80

Publisher: Candlewick

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1, 2008

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