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Lizards (Scholastic Reader Series: Level 2)

Lizards (Scholastic Reader Series: Level 2)

by Nic Bishop

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With breathtaking full-page images, including a double-gatefold spread, Sibert-Honor photographer Nic Bishop introduces the beauty and diversity of lizards.The simple, engaging text presents both basic information and fun, quirky facts about the appearance, habits, and life cycle of these amazing reptiles. An index and glossary are included.


With breathtaking full-page images, including a double-gatefold spread, Sibert-Honor photographer Nic Bishop introduces the beauty and diversity of lizards.The simple, engaging text presents both basic information and fun, quirky facts about the appearance, habits, and life cycle of these amazing reptiles. An index and glossary are included.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Cynthia Levinson
There are so many kinds of lizards—about 5,000—and they are so varied, it could be a challenge to write about them in an organized and cogent way for young readers. Fortunately, the prolific nature photographer and writer Nic Bishop knows not only his lizards but also how to present them in an appealing, informative, even gorgeous fashion. Lizards range in size from the dwarf gecko, which is smaller than a child's thumbnail, to the Komodo dragon, which is large enough to kill a water buffalo. They hatch from eggs; however, some lizards hatch inside the mother's body. And, their skin can be armor-hard or velvet-soft. Bishop organizes this range of facts according to habitat, locomotion, diet, predators and prey, and courtship techniques. Bishop's extraordinary photographs include a bearded dragon emerging from an egg, flying dragons in mid-air, a sandfish lizard peaking from its sand-dune home, and a gecko almost completely camouflaged on a leaf. A centerfold shows three stop-action shots of a basilisk dashing on hind legs across water. The book concludes with the author's explanation of how he obtained some of the photos as well as an index, a short list of books for further reading, and a truncated glossary. Whether youngsters read the text or just admire the photos, they will learn a great deal about remarkable lizards and be enthralled in the process. Reviewer: Cynthia Levinson
School Library Journal
Gr 2–5—There's not much to say that hasn't already been said about the high caliber of Bishop's work, and this book is no exception. The photographs capture a variety of lizards in startling detail. Information is presented in much the same format as Butterflies and Moths (2009), Spiders (2007), and Frogs (2008, all Scholastic). A key sentence written in a larger font and different color is set off from the rest of the text on the page. Basic facts about the various lizards are simple to understand, yet written in a voice that draws readers into another world where geckos wriggle out of their skin and flying dragons glide from tree to tree. Endnotes help readers appreciate the amount of work and time that Bishop spent on each photograph and researching his information, particularly for the thorny devil, bearded-dragon hatchlings, and the basilisk, which is photographed literally running on water. Another amazing must-have title.—Cathie Bashaw Morton, Millbrook Central School District, NY
Kirkus Reviews

Continuing a splendid series of photo-essays, Bishop introduces lizards from around the world: their habitats, egg-laying and lack of child-rearing, their specialized bodies and behaviors, their feeding and courtship. His astonishing photographs are beautifully composed and clearly reproduced. This biologist and nature photographer has a knack for showing the perfect moment:A brown leaf-tailed gecko twists up like a dead leaf, except for its revealing pink tongue; a basilisk walks on water across a double gatefold; a veiled chameleon, holding on to a twig with its prehensile tail, stretches a long tongue forward at least the length of its body, catching a cricket. The author illustrates details mentioned in the text: the Komodo dragon's forked tongue; a flying dragon's skin flaps; a bearded dragon emerging from the leathery folds of its egg. The well-organized, two-leveled text is equally inviting, opening with the euphonious "Lizards lead lives that are full of surprises." Pictures are clearly captioned, and the magnification of animals shown at actual size or larger is indicated. For reading aloud or reading alone, this is another gem. (index, further reading, glossary, website) (Informational picture book. 4-10)

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A Booklist Editors' Choice

An NSTA-CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book for Students K-12

“Another amazing must-have title..” --SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, starred review

“As in Bishop's earlier volumes . . . his remarkable color photos will initially draw readers to the book. But the succinct text is equally riveting.” --BOOKLIST, starred review

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Author and photographer Nic Bishop has written several award-winning nonfiction books. This level 2 reader about lizards is filled with Bishop’s wonderful photographs. Readers learn that lizards are reptiles and they have rough, scaly and waterproof skin to protect their bodies. They can be found in a variety of places—sand dunes, trees, or on the ground. They hatch from eggs and are ready to move about and eat as soon as they are born. Most lizards hunt for prey—animals smaller than they are, such as ants, termites and bugs. However, the Komodo dragon is so big it can eat pigs, goats and even water buffalo. Smaller lizards can themselves become prey so they have developed various methods for avoiding or escaping from predators. They may use camouflage, puff themselves up to look more ferocious, or simply run away. Most lizards will live at least five years. The closing pages provide more detailed information about lizards, which have been around since the time of the dinosaurs. They also describe the lengths to which Bishop goes to get just the right photograph. There is a brief glossary and a picture index. A very good nonfiction reader targeted to young readers but also great for either older readers not on grade level and English Language Learners. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot; Ages 5 to 7.

Product Details

Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
Scholastic Reader Series: Level 2
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.50(d)
880L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Nic Bishop is the author and photographer of many award-winning books for children, including RED-EYED TREE FROG; CHAMELEON, CHAMELEON; NIC BISHOP SPIDERS; and most recently, NIC BISHOP LIZARDS. He has a doctorate in biological sciences and a passionate interest in many of the smaller animals on our planet. Originally from New Zealand, Nic lives in Michigan. Visit him online at

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