FICTION

Look at Me!: How To Attract Attention in the Animal World

JENKINS, Steve & . illus. by Steve Jenkins. 40p. further reading. websites. HMH. Jun. 2018. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780544935532.
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Gr 1–4—Readers who have just learned about the concept of camouflage will be pleasantly startled by this book's premise. In their signature style, Jenkins and Page explain why standing out in the animal world is sometimes just as important as blending in. For purposes of mating or sending signals to an enemy, even masters of camouflage can change their behavior by puffing themselves up, inflating parts of their bodies like balloons, emitting odors, changing color, or tricking predators with fake eye spots. Leaping, dancing, and screaming are also among the many abilities explained. Fans of little-known facts will find hours of fun to be had with this volume; readers will collect information about unusual creatures such as blue-spotted mudskippers, sarcastic fringeheads, long-tailed widowbirds, and four-eyed butterfly fish. In addition, the back matter includes an encyclopedic section of entries on the animals featured along with thumbprint pictures. The glorious, eye-catching torn and cut—paper collage illustrations throughout this book are a treat.
VERDICT Another beautiful, well-researched work from the reliable pair. Librarians can purchase with confidence.

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