Hardcover, 48 pages
Expected publication: February 2nd 2016 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
Format read: E-ARC via publisher
Some people think pink is a pretty color. A fluffy, sparkly, princess-y color. But it’s so much more.
Sure, pink is the color of princesses and bubblegum, but it’s also the color of monster slugs and poisonous insects. Not to mention ultra-intelligent dolphins, naked mole rats and bizarre, bloated blobfish.
Isn’t it about time to rethink pink?
Slip on your rose-colored glasses and take a walk on the wild side with zoologist Jess Keating, author of How to Outrun a Crocodile When Your Shoes Are Untied, and cartoonist David DeGrand.
Zoologist/author Jess Keating walks readers through a number of familiar and unfamiliar pink-shaded creatures, including the naked mole rat, the pinky pygmy seahorse and the pink fairy armadillos. For each animal, Keating dedicates a two-page spread, including photographs, descriptions and fun scientific facts, all designed to challenge burgeoning young minds.
Though Keating makes her information friendly and accessible with cheerful illustrations that will engage readers into looking at these creatures with a different eye, she also challenges readers to think harder and deeper about what they're reading. Her use of Latin names and terms like "eusocial" - I wasn't even really sure what that meant! - will inspire curious readers to research more about these animals, and about science in general.
All in all, this book is a winner all around.
Bottom line: Jess Keating has written a enjoyable, educational and accessible book for young readers who are looking to better apply their love of pink and for science.
Highly recommend for all young readers, especially for those who are looking to learn more about unique creatures and explore their love of science.
About the author:
Jess Keating is a zoologist-turned-author who writes with the sort of wisdom you can only get from multiple crocodile bites and skunk sprays. Jess has been making up stories for as long as she can remember, and at the age of eight, she even started a library in her room (mainly so she could charge her brother late fees). In addition to nonfiction, she writes middle-grade novels, including the Kirkus-starred How to Outrun a Crocodile When Your Shoes Are Untied.
Jess lives with her husband in Ontario, Canada, where she is hard at work on her next book in the World of Weird Animals series. Hint: There will be bloodsuckers!