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Children's and YA literature reviews.

I survived retail at Christmas, and am looking forward to reading a lot in 2010.

Fainting Goats and Other Weird Mammals by Carmen Bredeson is a small volume of peculiarities in the animal world.  The title is a part of the I Like Weird Animals! series by Enslow Publishers.  The hardback twenty four page book features eight strange animals, including the Duck-Billed Platypus, the Star-Nosed Mole, and the Pygmy Marmoset.  

The layout of the book is perfect for children, with bold large text, a small glossary of terms with pronunciation guide, and images that cover the entire page.  First animal profiled is the vampire bat, with a closeup on the mammal, fangs bared. The caption will intrigue even the most reluctant reader: “The vampire bat is the bat that drinks BLOOD!”  The rest of the animals profiled are just are interesting, especially the Tasmanian Devil.

Pygmy Marmoset

At the end of the book, readers will find two pages offering additional resources:  three additional books, and two websites of related mammal information.  Although they are helpful sources, my only criticism of this title is the limited number of resources.

Other titles in the series include Flying Geckos and Other Weird Reptiles, Leafy Sea Dragons and Other Weird Sea Creatures, and Weird Birds.   See the entire list at Enslow’s website

Copy for review provided by the publisher

Title: Fainting Goats and Other Weird Mammals
Author: Carmen Bredeson
Date:  2009
Publisher: Enslow Publishers
Pages: 24
Format: Hardback
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