Amazing Mammals

9780531226001. ea vol: 32p. (Rookie Read-About Science: Strange Animals). glossary. photos. websites. Children's Pr. 2016. lib. ed. $23.
K-Gr 2—This series aims to introduce children to different animal groups by focusing on the more wild looking and recognizable species. Reptiles opens with a lizard showing off his frill, an image that is sure to rouse the curiosity of new readers. There is a balance between light text that touts wondrous abilities ("Geckos have superpowers!") and more formal fact-driven text ("Tiny hairs on their stinky toes help them cling to things."). Each title emphasizes basic abilities such as survival and hunting techniques, with a few bits about parenting in Mammals and diet in Insects. Captioned photos help identify and explain specific characteristics or abilities of the animals. Back matter includes a "Which Is Stranger?" matchup, "Top Five Facts," "Record Holders," and "Animal Crack-ups," which leaves readers with two kid-friendly jokes. Pronunciation guides accompany larger vocabulary works throughout each volume.
VERDICT Early readers will find the content intriguing, while adults will appreciate the controlled text and short sentences.

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