Lesser Spotted Animals: The Coolest Creatures You’ve Never Heard Of

Written and Illustrated by Martin Brown

 Delightful drawings of lesser known animals like the black-footed ferret, the hirola, and the sand cat make this entertaining book a true delight. Besides the great expressions and thoughtful speech bubbles, the narration in this book is conversational rather than a list of data. Although each double-paged spread has a data box insert for the always necessary information about size, diet, habitat.

Librarians, teachers and parents ought to read this book aloud, “Shhh! Stay still. You’re in the Jungle. The eerie, steaming, inky-black of an Indonesian jungle at night.” What a totally enchanting way to introduce a “stealthy stalker of Southeast Asian treetops “, the Banded Linsang.  This is one science book that will have your audience spell-bound part of the time and giggling the rest.

Curriculum standards will be met in science, geography, literature while the art teacher could have a blast working with these animals.

Full color pages and cartoon-like maps involve the reader in every page. With just the right amount of text, white space and various sized illustration, it is spot on for the intended audience.  Every elementary and public library NEEDS a copy of this volume.

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  • Lesser AnimalsTitle:  Lesser Spotted Animals: The Coolest Creatures You’ve Never Heard Of
  • Author/Illustrator:  Martin Brown
  • Publisher:  Scholastic, 2017
  • Reviewer: Elizabeth Swartz
  • Format:  Hardcover, 66 pages
  • ISBN:  978-1-338-08934-9
  • Genre: Nonfiction
  • Grade level: 2 to 5
  • Extras: Glossary

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