NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC KIDS:
ICK! Delightfully Disgusting Animal Dinners, Dwellings and Defenses
Animals--they're cute and fluffy, cuddly and puffy, and ... sometimes downright disgusting. Get ready to be totally grossed out as you discover the incredibly icky ways animals eat, make their homes, and defend themselves.
From award-winning author Melissa Stewart comes the grossest journey through the animal world you'll ever take. From ants to zebras, get ready to discover some seriously strange animal behaviors. Slurp up soupy insides with houseflies, spit sticky saliva to build nests with birds, and fend off predators with poop-flinging caterpillars and farting snakes. And that's just the tip of the dung pile! These yucky habits may seem surprising to us, but they're totally normal for these animals. In fact, their survival depends on them.
Snappy text, incredible photography, and more cool features add to the learning fun. Ready to chew some fingernails with cockroaches? Dive into the disgusting world of animals!
Curious kids (and adults with strong stomachs!) will discover all the icky details and the science behind the dozens of ways animals have learned to survive and thrive, like;
- Where the Bone-Eating Snot Flower Worm calls home (hint! look inside a dead whale)
- How the Silver-Spotted Skipper Caterpillar is able to fling its “frass” more than 5 feet
- Why the Red-Billed Oxpecker has a taste for ticks.
...And that's just the tip of the dung pile...(see what I did there?!)
ABOUT Melissa Stewart
Melissa has written more than 180 science books for children, including the ALA Notable Feathers: Not Just for Flying, illustrated by Sarah S. Brannen; the SCBWI Golden Kite Honor title Pipsqueaks, Slowpokes and Stinkers: Celebrating Animal Underdogs, illustrated by Stephanie Laberis; and Can an Aardvark Bark?, illustrated by Caldecott Honoree Steve Jenkins. Her most recent title is Ick! Delightfully Disgusting Animal Dinners, Dwellings, and Defenses. Melissa maintains the award-winning blog Celebrate Science and serves on the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators board of advisors. Her highly-regarded website features a rich array of nonfiction writing resources.