Authors: Jenn Dlugos, Charlie Hatton
Product Code: 6090
ISBN: 9781618216090
Pages: 112
Availability: In stock.

Nature doesn’t always play nice, and Things That Make You Go Yuck!: Crooked Critters showcases some of the worst offenders in the plant and animal kingdoms. You’ll meet trespassing toads, insects in disguise, brood-borrowing cuckoos, and many more. It’s a rogue’s gallery of some of nature’s roughest, meanest species. Whether it’s nature’s slimiest organisms or the weirdest mutations, Things That Make You Go Yuck! celebrates survival of the fittest, grossest, craziest, and creepiest things in nature, proving once and for all that life in the wild is anything but ordinary.

Ages 9–12


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by Andrea
on 10/6/2016
from Massachusetts
Fun Series!
My 9 year old loves these books. She said, "They're funny and you learn lots of stuff." We got her the entire series and she trying to read them all at once- reading a chapter and then swapping off into another one. She also loves connecting them to creatures she's seen on tv or at the zoo.

As a parent, I like that they are expertly written in a fun kid accessible way. Highly Recommend!  
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Review: Gifted Child Today - July 1, 2017
Eye-catching pictures will grab the attention of anyone just flipping through the books, and the quirky humor will engage readers as they enjoy learning fun facts as they explore the text from cover to cover!
Review by: Julia Smith, Booklist - April 1, 2017
This educational series combines two tween favorites: humor and the gross-out factor. These books are all about animal (and a few plant and microorganism) adaptations and survival, particularly the planet’s more unusual creatures. Readers will enjoy devouring one quick entry after another.
Review by: Terri Schlichenmeyer, The Bookworm Sez - January 8, 2017
Jenn Dlugos & Charlie Hatton present real science in a way that will intrigue a kid. The information is given in a way children can understand and scientific names of the creatures are phonetically spelled out, but the material is still challenging. Dlugos and Hatton write with the kind of enthusiasm for their subjects that will easily get kids excited, too, and there are lots of full-color pictures to get the ball rolling.

This book is one of four in a series, each perfect for 9-to-13-year-olds who love science. Or, if you’ve got a middle-schooler who needs a nudge toward the laboratory, “Things That Make You Go Yuck! Crooked Critters” is a nice start.
Review by: Lisa Pike, NSTA Recommends - December 29, 2016
[T]he pictures were great, the information accurate, and the examples decidedly odd and appealing! . . . In addition to logical groupings of organisms, a mix of plant and animal examples, and fantastic images, there were trivia questions and thought-bubble boxes scattered throughout to break things up a bit. A fun read, each 2 page description of a “yucky” organism felt like it would make a great 2 minute mini-commercial on a kids science TV show. I’d recommend for any organismal science class.
Review by: Amy Caldera, School Library Journal - December 1, 2016
Budding zoologists, entomologists, and veterinarians will learn about predatory characteristics, defense mechanisms, and eating habits. The main text is supplemented by inserts that elaborate on the topic. Despite the pocket-size format, the photographs are clear, eye-catching, and helpful in complementing the information they accompany. A thorough bibliography, divided by chapter, concludes this work. VERDICT A browsable addition to collections with animal lovers.
Review by: Rosi Hollinbeck, San Francisco Book Review - October 1, 2016
Authors Jenn Dlugos and Charlie Hatton have gathered some of the most fun facts in the natural world to keep youngsters reading and learning. The writing is crisp and the accompanying photographs are up-close and a little terrifying. This book is a real winner!

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