ANIMAL MIGRATION SERIES. ABDO. GR. 1–3.
( 6 TITLES).
Humpback Whale Migration. By Grace Hansen. Sept. 2017.
24p. illus. lib. ed., $19.95 (9781532100284); e-book, $35.95
Leatherback Turtle Migration. By Grace Hansen. Sept. 2017.
24p. illus. lib. ed., $19.95 (9781532100291); e-book, $35.95
Monarch Butterfly Migration. By Grace Hansen. Sept. 2017.
24p. illus. lib. ed., $19.95 (9781532100307); e-book, $35.95
Salmon Migration. By Grace Hansen. Sept. 2017. 24p. illus. lib. ed.,
$19.95 (9781532100314); e-book, $35.95 (9781532101007). 597.5.
Glossy, full-bleed photos accompany basic information on the migratory habits of various creatures, most of them aquatic, in the Animal
Migration series. With most migrations occurring for the sake of an
animal’s young, facts about mating and breeding abound. Humpback
Whale examines how these massive mammals make their 3,000-mile
journey to warmer waters in the winter and explains how their eating
habits change throughout the year. Leatherback Turtle looks at how the
female of this species, which travels farther distances than any other
sea turtle, swims from colder waters toward the equator and lays her
eggs on tropical beaches. Monarch Butterfly follows these insects as they
move between Canada and Mexico on a journey that takes multiple
generations. Salmon presents the migratory patterns of five different
species of salmon and their dangerous trek from the sea back to calmer
river waters of their birth, where they will spawn and die. Each volume
contains a map of the migration routes, color-coded to differentiate
between summer and winter homes (or, in the case of salmon, organized by species). Informative, easy text makes this a solid introduction
for primary-school readers, and for those who want to know more,
each book comes with a learning code that will unlock additional information online. —Maggie Reagan
BE AN ENGINEER! DESIGNING TO SOLVE PROBLEMS
SERIES. CRABTREE. GR. 2–5. ( 4 TITLES).
A Bridge Goes Over. By Kylie Burns. 2017. 24p. illus. lib. ed.,
$23.60 (9780778729075). 624.2.
A Dam Holds Back. By Crystal Sikkens. 2017. 24p. illus. lib. ed.,
$23.60 (9780778729051). 627.
A Skyscraper Reaches Up. By Kylie Burns. 2017. 24p. illus. lib. ed.,
$23.60 (9780778729044). 690.
A Tunnel Runs Through. By Crystal Sikkens. 2017. 24p. illus. lib.
ed., $23.60 (9780778729037). 624.1.
With an emphasis on STEM in libraries and classrooms, students
are hearing more about engineering. But what exactly do engineers do?
Beginning with a child wondering about a problem, such as a quicker
EXTREME ANIMALS SERIES. HMH. GR. 1–3. ( 2 TITLES).
way to travel around a lake, the titles in the Be an Engineer! series
not only look at engineers as problem solvers but at some of their
real-world problems. Each book identifies how engineers solve these
problems through the engineering design process, which includes ask-
ing questions, brainstorming, planning and making a model, testing
and improving, and communicating the results. A Bridge Goes Over fo-
cuses on how engineers decide what type of bridge is the best solution
for a specific area. A Dam Holds Back explains how engineers deter-
mine the best type of dam needed based on its purpose and location. A
Skyscraper Reaches Up emphasizes how building materials and support
systems help ascertain the height of a building. A Tunnel Runs Through
describes how the surrounding rock or soil establishes what kind of
tunnel will be built. Complemented by numerous photos of diverse
engineers in action, the volumes conclude with an actual engineering
disaster, like a tunnel collapse or dam failure, and a related activity for
kids to try out their engineering skills. Clear steps and examples make
this series a worthy addition to any STEM collection. —Angela Leeper
Deadliest! 20 Dangerous Animals. By Steve Jenkins. Illus. by the
author. Oct. 2017. 40p. $14.99 (9780544938083). 591.6.
Trickiest! 19 Sneaky Animals. By Steve Jenkins. Illus. by the author.
Oct. 2017. 40p. $14.99 (9780544937161). 590.
One of the first children’s science books written by Jenkins, Biggest,
Strongest, Fastest (1995), explored superlatives in the animal kingdom.
Now he returns to the subject in the colorful and attractively designed
Extreme Animals series. Exploring themes such as deadliest and trickiest, the topics are well chosen for primary-grade children, and these
science readers have the clear, reliable writing and polished artwork
that readers have come to expect of Jenkins. Each one- or two-page
presentation introduces a species through a paragraph of text, an eye-catching picture, a fun factoid or two, and a sidebar noting what the
animal eats and where it lives. Other helpful features include a small
range map and a comparative size indicator, which shows a silhouette of the creature beside that of a man. The lively, distinctive collage
illustrations of individual animals show up clearly against the white
pages. The 20 animals discussed in Deadliest! include the surprisingly
fast-charging hippopotamus, the lethally venomous box jellyfish, and,
“deadliest of all,” the mosquito. Trickiest! introduces 19 animals with
adaptations and behaviors that make them either crafty as predators
(the archerfish’s lure, the humpback whales’ bubble net) or sneaky as
prey (the wasp beetle’s mimicry, the satanic leaf-tailed gecko’s camouflage). An extremely appealing new series for the animal shelves.
LITTLE KITCHEN OF HORRORS SERIES. LERNER.
GR. 2–4. ( 6 TITLES).
Brains, Brains, and Other Horrifying Breakfasts. By Ali Vega.
2017. 32p. illus. lib. ed., $26.65 (9781512425789). 641.5.
Cat Litter Cake and Other Horrifying Desserts. By Ali Vega. 2017.
32p. illus. lib. ed., $26.65 (9781512425741). 641.86.
Mummy Dogs and Other Horrifying Snacks. By Ali Vega. 2017.
32p. illus. lib. ed., $26.65 (9781512425758). 641.5.
Zombie-Gut Chili and Other Horrifying Dinners. By Ali Vega.
2017. 32p. illus. lib. ed., $26.65 (9781512425734). 641.5.
Title notwithstanding, the recipes included in the Little Kitchen of
Horrors series tend to be of the standard variety, albeit with a few
cosmetic alterations. The ick factor here is primarily in the design:
both in the brightly colored goo blobs that adorn each page and in
the well-staged photographs of the dishes themselves. Brains, Brains
contains recipes for such breakfast treats as Green Zombie Flesh (really
French toast, with a little spinach mixed in to get that dead-flesh look)
and the simple Crushed Bones (cinnamon rolls with jam). In addition
to the nausea-inducing titular dish, Cat Litter Cake also offers such
desserts as the Big Ol’ Bowl of Snot (lumpy Jell-O salad) and Used
Bandage Delights (graham crackers with raspberry jam). Snack time
gets a makeover with Mummy Dogs’ Popped Brains (a variation on