Discovering the World's Perfectly Pink Animals
Review posted June 21, 2016.
Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 2016.
Here's a book that simply begs to be booktalked in the schools. All I will have to do is show some pictures. I don't know if I'll be able to attract kids who normally like pink, but I'm sure I'll be able to attract those who enjoy unusual animals or like reading about disgusting ways of getting a meal.
As the book begins, "Think you know pink?"
It proceeds to feature sixteen bizarre animals -- that happen to be colored pink. It gives the general information about the creature along with some of the more notable facts. All the animals have a photograph -- the more cartoony illustrations go with the information about the animal.
The book begins with the blobfish, which was voted the ugliest animal in the world in a poll taken by the Ugly Animal Preservation Society. It continues through such animals as pinktoe tarantulas, pygmy seahorses, and Amazon river dolphins.
Did you know that orchid mantises look so much like flowers, insects will land on them more often than on actual flowers, when given a choice in a lab? Or that pink fairy armadillos have a special "butt plate" to compact the dirt when they dig tunnels? Or that hippopotamuses ooze a thick pink oil all over their skin to protect themselves from sunburn? Or that hairy squat lobsters catch their food in their hair?
This is a strange-animals book with one amusing characteristic in common. All of the strange animals in these pages are pink!