Extremely Gross Animals
All things disgusting are featured in this weird and wonderful exploration of the grossest of the gross in the animal kingdom. (Barf bag not included!) Snot. Vomit. Spit. Poop. Everyone knows these are gross, right? Well, for some animals, they're crucial ingredients for survival! This book describes more than 30 of these animals, the grossest of the gross, and explores how their habits, as revolting as they might be, help them thrive.
From dung beetles who live for feces, to hagfish who cover themselves in gooey slime to ward off predators, to bullfrogs who can puke up their entire stomachs for cleaning purposes, these animals have novel adaptations that work well for them. It's all so icky. And so awfully interesting! A definite kid pick, the strange-but-true gross factor of this book will appeal to readers at every aptitude level. It's also sure to inspire curiosity about these unusual creatures, many of which will be new to most readers — and about life science in general. (From Kids Can Press)
Claire Eamer is a B.C.-based writer of nonfiction books for children, including Before the World Was Ready: Stories of Daring Genius in Science and The World in Your Lunch Box: The Wacky History and Weird Science of Everyday Foods.