A Little Book of Slime: Everything That Oozes, from Killer Slime to Living Mold

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An entertaining guide to the world's slimiest stuff.

A Little Book of Slime reveals the sticky secrets of more than 30 slimy substances, from frothy frog nests to scrambled egg slime, each with its own important (if unpleasant) characteristics and functions. Magnified photos and fascinating text transform the gooiest substances on the planet into extraordinary stories of our natural world.

Everything that oozes and leaves a trail of gunk lurks ...

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Overview

An entertaining guide to the world's slimiest stuff.

A Little Book of Slime reveals the sticky secrets of more than 30 slimy substances, from frothy frog nests to scrambled egg slime, each with its own important (if unpleasant) characteristics and functions. Magnified photos and fascinating text transform the gooiest substances on the planet into extraordinary stories of our natural world.

Everything that oozes and leaves a trail of gunk lurks in the book's pages: goopy secretions of the "killer" slime plant, glistening spittle of the revolting froghopper insect, bucketsful of slime made in minutes by the most repulsive fish. Decomposing vegetables, living snot mold, phlegm and saliva. Slime is widespread.

The book describes what slime is and then explores where it lingers: Slimy Stuff in Water, Slimy Stuff on Land and
Other Slimy Stuff. Readers can use the "slime-ometer" to gauge stickiness, smelliness and sliminess, and Slime Alerts point out particularly slimy, scary or mind-boggling facts. A glossary supports the descriptions.

Fun to read with pictures that almost drip with goo, A Little Book of Slime turns disgusting slime into a surprisingly appealing topic. Slime may look and feel revolting but it's there for a reason!

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Editorial Reviews

Sal's Fiction Addiction
EWWW! Slime...Here's a book that is filled with the stuff! ... Readers will get a kick out of the face-scrunching, body-constricting responses of those appalled by the thoughts of slimy creatures and their sticky ooze... There is a lot to learn here, and the design of the book makes that learning quick and fun, for the most part. The photographs lend authenticity to the author's descriptions. They are clear, detailed and suitably 'gross'. You know the kids who are going to LOVE this book!
Kirkus Reviews
For readers fond of the disgusting, Twist provides a lively introduction to slime in the natural world. From pond slime and red tide to phlegm and living snot mold, the author surveys the slick, sticky substance produced by living organisms for protection, digestion, defense and more. In some cases the organism itself is the slime. This disparate material has been organized into three sections: "Slimy Stuff in Water," "Slimy Stuff on Land" and "Other Slimy Stuff." Short snappy segments of informal text face full-page, full-bleed color photographs. Additional photos bring organisms close-up: a sea cucumber's feeding tentacles; droplets of cane toad poison; the spore-bearing slime of the lattice stinkhorn. The yuck effect is heightened by a design that includes a dripping blue or green top border, occasional blobs on the page and a "slime-o-meter" rating. Middle-grade and middle-school readers may well be acquainted with the slippery surface of a jellyfish or frog, though they may not have connected that substance with their own saliva. But colonies of amoebae that creep and crawl are the stuff of science fiction. The natural world has plenty of surprises! A helpful glossary defines terms bolded in the text. There's an index but no sources or suggestions for further research for those who want more (and what kid wouldn't?). Still, this small title has big appeal. (Nonfiction. 9-15)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781770850064
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 1/19/2012
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 1,222,862
  • Age range: 9 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Clint Twist is an author and editor of children's books and young adult books. His credits include Weird Animals Dictionary and Oceans: 1000 Things You Should Know.

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