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A Walk on the Wild Side, with Big Cats, Odd-Looking Creatures, and More | Nonfiction Preschool to Grade 4

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Tooth & Claw: The Wild World of Big Predators (Arnosky) ©2014 by Arnosky

Tooth & Claw: The Wild World of Big Predators (Arnosky) ©2014 by Arnosky

redstarJENKINS , Steve with Robin Page. Creature Features: Twenty-Five Animals Tell Us Why They Look the Way They Do. illus. by Steve Jenkins. 32p. bibliog. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Oct. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780544233515.

Pres-Gr 2– Did you ever wonder why an Egyptian vulture has feathers on his face, or why a frilled lizard has extra skin around his neck? These curiosities are explained in a Q & A–style interview as 25 unique animals offer up their personal insights (for example, “Dear Tapir: Why is your nose crooked?” “My nose isn’t always twisted. I bend it when I want to reach some tender leaves or fruit.”). Loaded with nuggets of information and layered in humor, this is a winning picture book that is sure to inform as well as entertain. The illustrations are designed in torn- and cut-paper collage and depict each animal with texture and style. Background colors are bold and bright and provide a balanced backdrop to each animal. Back matter includes a chart of each animal’s geographical location and diet for additional research.–Melissa Smith, Royal Oak Public Library, MI

The following titles are reviewed in this month's print issue:

Arnosky, Jim. Tooth & Claw: The Wild World of Big Predators. illus. by Jim Arnosky. 32p. further reading. Sterling. 2014. Tr $14.95. ISBN 9781402786242. LC 2013033794.

BROCKET, Jane. Rainy, Sunny, Snowy, Blowy: What Are Seasons?. 32p. (Jane Brocket’s Clever Concepts). photos. Millbrook. Sept. 2014. Tr $26.60. ISBN 9781467702317. LC 2013044234.

CINOTTO , Laurie. The Itty Bitty Kitty Committee: The Ultimate Guide to All Things Kitten. 128p. Roaring Brook. 2014. pap. $12.99. ISBN 9781596439375; ebk. $9.26. ISBN 9781466865167.

Davis, Kathryn Gibbs. Mr. Ferris and His Wheel. illus. by Gilbert Ford. 40p. bibliog. notes. websites. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Sept. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780547959221.

Fizzy’s Lunch Lab: Super Supper Throwdown. 64p. Candlewick Entertainment. 2014. Tr $14.99. ISBN 9780763672799; pap. $5.99. ISBN 9780763668839. LC 2013944010.

Furgang, Kathy. Fact or Fib?: A Challenging Game of True or False. ISBN 9781454909828. LC 2013024651.

––––. Fact or Fib? 2: A Challenging Game of True or False. ISBN 9781454909835. LC 2013024652.

ea vol: 208p. index. photos. Sterling. 2014. pap. $7.95.

Gravel, Elise. The Fly. ISBN 9781770496361. LC 2013940757.

––––. The Worm. ISBN 9781770496330. LC 2013940757.

ea vol: illus. by Elise Gravel. 32p. (Disgusting Critters). Tundra. 2014. Tr. $10.99.

Grün, Anselm. Jesus. tr. from German by Laura Watkinson. illus. by Giuliano Ferri. 26p. Eerdmans. 2014. Tr $16. ISBN 9780802854384.

Hall, Katherine. Polar Bears and Penguins. 32p. (Compare and Contrast Bks.) maps. photos. Arbordale. 2014. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781628552096; pap. $9.95. ISBN 9781628552188; ebk. $9.95. ISBN 9781628552362. LC 2013044813.

Jennings, Ken. U.S. Presidents. illus. by Mike Lowery. 160p. (Ken Jennings’ Junior Genius Guides). chart. chron. S. & S./Little Simon. 2014. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781442498501; ebk. $7.99. ISBN 9781442473331. LC 2013023737.

Kalman, Bobbie. Communication Then and Now. ISBN 9780778701149; ISBN 9780778701422. LC 2013034932.

––––. Food and Farming Then and Now. ISBN 9780778701262; ISBN 9780778702085. LC 2013034928.

ea vol: 24p. (From Olden Days to Modern Ways in Your Community). ebook available. further reading. illus. index. photos. websites. Crabtree. 2014. RTE. $23.60. pap. $7.95.

Kurki, Kim. National Wildlife Federation’s World of Birds: A Beginner’s Guide. illus. by Kim Kurki. 80p. bibliog. glossary. index. photos. Black Dog & Leventhal. Jun. 2014. Tr $15.95. ISBN 9781579129699.

LEVY, Debbie with Rosana Panza. Dozer’s Run: A True Story of a Dog and His Race. illus. by David Opie. 32p. notes. photos. Sleeping Bear. Jul. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781585368969.

Meltzer, Brad. I Am Albert Einstein. illus. by Christopher Eliopoulos. 40p. (Ordinary People Change the World). photos. Dial. Sept. 2014. Tr $12.99. ISBN 9780803740846.

Montileaux, Donald F, retel. Tasunka: A Lakota Horse Legend. tr. to Lakota by Agnes Gay. illus. by Donald F. Montileaux. 48p. further reading. South Dakota State Historical Society. 2014. Tr $19.95. ISBN 9780985290528. LC 2013027799.

Mueller, Carolyn. Lily: A True Story of Courage and the Joplin Tornado. illus. by Nick Hayes. 32p. photos. Reedy. 2014. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781935806677. LC 2014931427.

Raven, Margot Theis. Rags, Hero Dog of WWI: A True Story. illus. by Petra Brown. 32p. Sleeping Bear. Aug. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781585362585.

Reilly, Kathleen M. Cities: Discover How They Work with 25 Projects. illus. by Tom Casteel. 128p.(Build It Yourself) chron. diag. further reading. glossary. index. websites. Nomad. 2014. Tr $21.95. ISBN 9781619302136; pap. $16.95. ISBN 9781619302174.

Taylor, Sean. Goal! illus. by Caio Vilela. 40p. maps. photos. Holt. 2014. RTE $17.99. ISBN 9781627791236.

Thomas, Becky & Monica Sweeney. Loom Magic Creatures!: 25 Awesome Animals and Mythical Beings for a Rainbow of Critters. 128p. glossary. photos. Sky Pony. 2014. Tr $12.95. ISBN 9781629147956; ebk. $12.95. ISBN 9781629147963.

This article was published in School Library Journal's June 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.