Wow! Surprising Facts About Animals

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A fantastic new series filled with the best and most amazing facts about popular science topics, and each book includes fun and interactive artwork clues that leads readers through the book and stimulate discussion. Perfect for efficient and reluctant readers alike, this lively series presented in picture-book style is certain to make readers say Wow! over and over again.Wow, I Didnt Know That! Animals is the first book in an all new series filled with outrageous and fun facts about children's favorite ...

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Overview

A fantastic new series filled with the best and most amazing facts about popular science topics, and each book includes fun and interactive artwork clues that leads readers through the book and stimulate discussion. Perfect for efficient and reluctant readers alike, this lively series presented in picture-book style is certain to make readers say Wow! over and over again.Wow, I Didnt Know That! Animals is the first book in an all new series filled with outrageous and fun facts about children's favorite critters. Readers learn extraordinary things like why goats have rectangular pupils, why gorillas can catch human colds, and how some beetles can carry up to 850 times their own weight! With quick, easy access to a variety of jaw-dropping, bite-sized facts, this book will delight readers again and again.

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Editorial Reviews

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San Francisco Book Review

This book looks at animals from a different perspective – what is strange and unusual and unexpected about some animals. . . . This is the kind of book kids (and adults) will go back to again. It will send youngsters hunting for more information on these fascinating animals, teaching research skills without the children ever being aware they are learning. There is not a dull sentence anywhere in this wonderful compilation. The accompanying artwork is cute and fun with lots of bright colors to draw the eye through the book. The best news is this is the first in a series.

Kirkus Reviews
Surrounded by pithy commentary, dozens of common animals bound, stride, swim or otherwise pose against high-contrast monochrome backdrops in this unvarnished attempt to amaze. Both facts and factoids are offered in a mix of floating text blocks and undulating lines in a larger size. The tidbits of natural history range from peculiar features ("Goats have rectangular pupils!") to notes on common sizes or weights, feats of speed or migratory travel. Much of the need-to-know "information" centers on alimentary issues, such as the amount of poop an elephant produces every day (110 pounds) and how long it takes a gobbled-down fly to travel through a hummingbird (10 minutes). But the author provides no source notes to expand on or back up her claims. Furthermore, though Aspinall arranges his smiling but recognizably depicted creatures in loosely thematic groups with the occasional paw or tail serving as transition to the next spread, there is no sense of closure; a tiger's face cut off by the gutter on the last page brings the presentation to an abrupt end. High-interest topic; low-budget production. (Informational picture book. 4-7)
Publishers Weekly
08/12/2013
Dods doesn’t miss an opportunity to share animal trivia in this first book in a science-themed series—in the front matter alone, readers learn that “Goats have rectangular pupils!” and “Gorillas can catch human colds!” More exclamatory facts follow as Dods and Aspinall introduce a menagerie of cartoon animals (“Chameleons can change color, depending on how they feel. Excited chameleons have bright patters, but scared ones turn pale with fear!”), displayed on playful, active spreads. As the book moves among sea, sky, and land, readers will discover that octopuses have blue blood, cheetahs don’t roar (they purr), and dogs sweat only through their feet. A boon for trivia-loving animal buffs. Ages 5–8. (Sept.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780753471173
  • Publisher: Kingfisher
  • Publication date: 9/24/2013
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.70 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Emma Dods is a writer and editor based in Kent, UK

John Woodward has written more than 40 books and many hundreds of articles about animal life, the natural world, and how we relate to it. He has also contributed to many major reference books covering various aspects of wildlife and the environment.

Marc Aspinall is an exciting illustrator who has created artworks for Orange, Time Out, Waitrose Kitchen, Easy Jet Traveller, Condé Nast Traveller and Wired Magazine.

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