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Pipsqueaks, Slowpokes, and Stinkers: Celebrating Animal Underdogs

Melissa Stewart

Underdogs, unite! Celebrated nonfiction author Melissa Stewart offers young readers a funny, informative look at some animal "underdogs" that have amazing means of survival.

Pee-ew! Should the stinky, skunklike zorilla take a bath? And should the slowpoke Galápagos tortoise get a move on? Everyone knows "cool" animals like elephants and cheetahs, but you should meet these lesser-known creatures that have amazing, creative means of survival!

Written with a lively, playful voice, this book introduces young readers to a variety of animal "underdogs" and explains how characteristics that might seem like weaknesses are critical for finding food and staying safe in an eat-or-be-eaten world.

Along with her engaging animal facts, Stewart weaves in a gentle message of understanding and celebrating differences. Stephanie Laberis's bright, humorous, and scientifically accurate illustrations add to the fun.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers
  • Publish Date: Sep 1st, 2020
  • Pages: 32
  • Language: English
  • Edition: undefined - undefined
  • Dimensions: 9.10in - 10.10in - 0.20in - 0.35lb
  • EAN: 9781682632024
  • Recommended age: 04-08
  • Categories: Animals - GeneralScience & Nature - ZoologyHumor - General

About the Author

Melissa Stewart has written more than 180 science books for children. Her books have won numerous honors, including CCBC Choices, Bank Street Best Children's Books, NSTA Recommends, Green Earth Book, and Parents' Choice Recommended awards. She offers live and virtual school visits as well as programs for educators.

Stephanie Laberis is a character designer and illustrator who specializes in creating art for animation and children's publications. She has illustrated many children's picture books. She lives and works in the San Francisco Bay area.

Praise for this book

"Friendly and approachable, this compendium is sure to create some new favorites in the animal kingdom." --Kirkus Reviews

"The point that every animal, no matter how seemingly weak, has 'its own special way of surviving' is effectively made. The narrative also offers discussion-encouraging questions, and the lively painted portraits depict the animals fairly realistically, placing them in simplified natural settings, sometimes with a humorous touch." --Booklist