Publishers Weekly - Publishers WeeklyWhy does the grass snake sleep for more than 150 days straight and the cow chew its cud for 10 to 12 hours each day? Find out in The Laziest: Amazing Facts About Lazy Animals by Mymi Doinet. Each animal gets a spread with a full-color portrait and a fact bubble that shows its habitat on the major continents (plus size, weight and favorite foods). Other titles in the paper-over-board Faces of Nature series include The Loudest: Amazing Facts About Loud Animals; The Meanest: Amazing Facts About Aggressive Animals; and The Ugliest: Amazing Facts About Ugly Animals. (Feb.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Hippos. Sloths. Cats. They’re the couch potatoes of the animal kingdom! But why are they so sluggish? Could there be a purpose to their peplessness?
School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 3-5-Children intrigued by world records and trivia will find much to like in these two visually appealing books. Double-page spreads feature bright, close-up color photos and a few paragraphs of text. The names of the animals are in different large-sized typefaces, and one-sentence "teaser" facts draw attention to the subjects. Boxes give "vital statistics"-where the animal lives, its size, and what it eats. The laziest animals are a bit of a mixed bag and include more obvious examples like the three-toed sloth and the edible snail as well as the less likely, such as the cat. The aggressive animals are pretty much the standard ones like the tiger, crocodile, and piranha. Photo galleries at the end also have two blank spaces for the inclusion of pictures of "someone who should join this club." While the information is brief, the sophisticated language makes these titles more suited to slightly older children than newly independent readers. Of the two books, Meanest will probably have more immediate appeal because of its popular subject material. Report writers will not find these titles especially useful, but they are eye-catching and should find a ready and enthusiastic audience among browsers.-Arwen Marshall, formerly at New York Public Library Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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