Ugly Animals

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They've got faces so ugly only a mother could love them!

The New York Times started a phenomenon: ugly is the new black. After publishing an articled entitled, "A Masterpiece of Nature? Yuck!", that chronicled several of the world's ugliest animals (Sphynx cat, star-nosed mole, proboscis monkey, etc.) they were bombarded by loyal readers who sent in their own pictures of ugly animals. Each one trying to out ugly the last.

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Overview


They've got faces so ugly only a mother could love them!

The New York Times started a phenomenon: ugly is the new black. After publishing an articled entitled, "A Masterpiece of Nature? Yuck!", that chronicled several of the world's ugliest animals (Sphynx cat, star-nosed mole, proboscis monkey, etc.) they were bombarded by loyal readers who sent in their own pictures of ugly animals. Each one trying to out ugly the last.

With 101 Animals Secrets and 101 Freaky Animals, the Bergers have already brought to light some of the ugliest animals on the planet. Now they have concentrated their efforts to compile the definitive list of the ugliest animals ever!

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Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Are there any really ugly animals? Well, the authors have identified a number and this reviewer would agree that some of them are not at all attractive. The Komondor Dog grows very thick hair that hangs like rope and does not really look much like a dog, but a big cleaning mop. Not particularly ugly, but certainly unusual. The babirusa is a wild pig with four tusks that grow out of its jaws and cover its face. The naked mole rat is definitely one of the uglier creatures with an almost hairless body, protruding front teeth, and tiny ears and eyes. They are, however, ideally suited for their underground environment. The male Proboscis Monkey has one huge honker that stands out straight when it honks. Apparently the females of the species are attracted to those with the biggest noses. The Aye-Aye has large eyes that make it look as if it is startled all the time. It also has big ears, thin fingers and all of these features are perfect for an animal that hunts at night. There are several others in the books and all of the text is supported with an excellent photograph of the specific animal. At the end of the book there is a glossary and on the back cover an introduction to the various reading levels. This particular title is a Level 3 book in the "Scholastic Reader" series which means it is targeted to grades one to three and has a Lexile of NC780L and a word count of 1392. For those children reading on their own for pleasure or information as well as any aged adult in an ESOL program. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
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  • ISBN-13: 9780545346634
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2011
  • Series: Scholastic Reader Series: Level 2
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.10 (d)

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Melvin and Gilda Berger are the authors of more than two hundred books for children. Their books have recieved awards from the National Science Teachers Association, the Library of Congress, and the New York Public Library. The Bergers live in New York.

Melvin and Gilda Berger are the authors of more than two hundred books for children. Their books have recieved awards from the National Science Teachers Association, the Library of Congress, and the New York Public Library. The Bergers live in New York.

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