1st Edition

Things That Make You Go Yuck! Crooked Critters

By Jennifer Dlugos, Charlie Hatton Copyright 2017
    112 Pages
    by Prufrock Press

    Nature doesn't always play nice, and Things That Make You Go Yuck!: Crooked Critters showcases some of the worst offenders in the plant and animal kingdoms. You'll meet trespassing toads, insects in disguise, brood-borrowing cuckoos, and many more. It's a rogue's gallery of some of nature's roughest, meanest species. Whether it's nature's slimiest organisms or the weirdest mutations, Things That Make You Go Yuck! celebrates survival of the fittest, grossest, craziest, and creepiest things in nature, proving once and for all that life in the wild is anything but ordinary.

    Ages 9-12

    Introduction Chapter 1: Big Bad Bullies Chapter 2: Mobsters Chapter 3: Breaking and Entering Chapter 4: Disturbing the Peace Chapter 5: Maniacs and Madmen Chapter 6: Identity Thieves and Frauds Bibliography About the Authors


    By day, Jenn Dlugos writes science textbooks, assessments, and lab manuals for grades K-12. By night, she writes comedy screenplays, stage plays, and other ridiculous things with her Things That Make You Go Yuck! coauthor, Charlie Hatton. Her favorite creepy crawlies are spiders.

    Charlie Hatton is a bioinformatician, science fan, and humorist living in the Boston area. Charlie enjoys working with genetic and other data to support cancer research, learning about new and interesting scientific areas, and referring to himself in the third person in biographical blurbs. Charlie has collaborated with Jenn Dlugos to coauthor the Things That Make You Go Yuck! science book series, as well as several other, far more ridiculous, projects.

    Jenn Dlugos & Charlie Hatton present real science in a way that will intrigue a kid. The information is given in a way children can understand and scientific names of the creatures are phonetically spelled out, but the material is still challenging. Dlugos and Hatton write with the kind of enthusiasm for their subjects that will easily get kids excited, too, and there are lots of full-color pictures to get the ball rolling.

    This book is one of four in a series, each perfect for 9-to-13-year-olds who love science. Or, if you've got a middle-schooler who needs a nudge toward the laboratory, “Things That Make You Go Yuck! Crooked Critters” is a nice start.,Terri Schlichenmeyer,The Bookworm Sez, 1/8/17
    This educational series combines two tween favorites: humor and the gross-out factor. These books are all about animal (and a few plant and microorganism) adaptations and survival, particularly the planet's more unusual creatures. Readers will enjoy devouring one quick entry after another.,Julia Smith,Booklist, 4/1/17
    Eye-catching pictures will grab the attention of anyone just flipping through the books, and the quirky humor will engage readers as they enjoy learning fun facts as they explore the text from cover to cover!,Gifted Child Today, 7/1/17