Monday, March 9, 2015

NONFICTION MONDAY: Horse Escape Artist, Scrapes with Snakes, and Kangaroo to the Rescue


ABOUT THE BOOK

Some animals have a mind of their own. This is certainly the case for Mariska the horse escape artist, Milkshake the charging cow,  and Pony the runaway goat! When these animals put their mind to something,  they can’ t be stopped—especially when they are causing mischief. In Horse Escape Artist!,  you’ ll find out how these determined animals caused chaos in three hilarious stories.

Perfect for kids aging out of early readers, National Geographic Kids Chapters are written in simple prose appropriate to kids just reading on their own.

REVIEW

Anyone who thinks animals aren't intelligent needs to read this book. A horse that finds a way to escape her stall and paddock over and over, a cow with a grudge, and goats that climb the family car all provide ample evidence that animals can be clever and are certainly capable of learning things.  Child readers are bound to enjoy the mischief making in this book and the character of these animals who despite their exasperating behavior are rather endearing.  The attractive design, fascinating content, and easy to read format make these an attractive series for animal lovers.


ABOUT THE BOOK

Join National Geographic expert and TV personality Brady Barr on some wild adventures with snakes! Readers won't believe their eyes as they read Barr's hilarious—and completely true!—accounts of his interactions with some of the biggest, weirdest, and craziest snakes on Earth. Filled with engaging photos, fast facts, and fascinating sidebars, readers won't want to put this book down.

REVIEW

Brady Barr shares some of his exciting adventures with snakes in this chapter book reader for kids.  From a large Indian Rock Python in India, to a reticulated python in Indonesia and a green anaconda in South America, Brady takes the reader for quite the ride as he travels with researchers to capture these snakes. True snake lovers are bound to devour this book and the details Barr provides about the dangers associated with studying big snakes and why it's necessary.  The first story about a snake large enough to swallow a cow was somewhat intimidating and I would not recommend this book for those who are afraid of snakes.  But for those who enjoy armchair adventure stories about animals in the wild I can recommend this book highly.


ABOUT THE BOOK

National Geographic Kids is back with another installment in the Animal Heroes line of National Geographic Chapters books. Get ready to meet more amazing, medal-worthy critters in this action-packed collection, including a kangaroo to the rescue! Filled with engaging photos, fast facts, and fascinating sidebars, readers won't want to put this book down.

REVIEW

Animals have long been known to save human lives, but I never get tired of hearing about the remarkable things that they do.  In this book we have a kangaroo who saves a man's life by getting him help quickly, two dogs that rely on each other, and three pigs who prove themselves by touching the lives of those around them.  An interesting book that young readers are bound to find fascinating and hard to put down.

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