Pink Is For Blobfish: Discovering the World's Perfectly Pink Animals

illus. by David DeGrand. 48p. (The World of Weird Animals). ebook available. glossary. maps. photos. Knopf. Feb. 2016. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780553512274.
Gr 1–4—Keating explores 17 animals, including amphibians, insects, fish, reptiles, birds, and mammals from around the world—all of them pink. The cover alone, which depicts a glossy pink blobfish against a matte black background, will attract plenty of attention, and the subject matter will hold it. The first page, with text in neon pink letters against a black background, teases, "Think you know pink? Think again." Among the animals covered are the naked mole rat, the pinktoe tarantula, and the roseate spoonbill. On each spread, Keating introduces a different strange and fascinating creature; included are a full-body photo, a funny cartoon illustration, a brief paragraph of information, a listing of basic facts, and a high-interest inset, all contrasted against a variety of vibrant backgrounds. A range map is included on the final spread.
VERDICT A popular addition for larger collections or those in need of materials on nontypical animals.

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