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Outrageous Animal Adaptations: From Big-Eared Bats to Frill-Necked Lizards

96p. bibliog. diag. further reading. glossary. index. notes. photos. websites. Twenty-First Century. Jan. 2018. lib. ed. $37.32. ISBN 9781512429992.
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Gr 5–8—From the Camel spider's giant jaw to the vegetarian diet of the manatee, Rosen explores the peculiar and unique adaptations that have allowed a number of species to survive and thrive in their sometimes harsh ecosystems. Vibrant photos, helpful call-outs (including basic species information, adaptation highlights, and curious facts), and longer summaries fill the book. Covering a wealth of phylums and classes in the animal kingdom, Rosen's text is bound to pique the interest of readers as he skillfully covers each animal. The bold color palette of red and lime green give the book an eye-catching look, while cross sections and diagrams explain geoducks and more. Whether exploring the book as a resource for a science project or to satiate curiosity, readers will have trouble looking away from the occasionally gross-out photos and lively text.
VERDICT Both public and school libraries should consider adding this to their collections.

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