1st Edition

Things That Make You Go Yuck! Extreme Living

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

    Life isn't always easy, but some organisms take hard living to the extreme. Things That Make You Go Yuck!: Extreme Living looks at organisms living in the weirdest of ways: swimming miles deep in the ocean, freezing on icy mountaintops, boiling in hot springs, or even floating in space. You'll also find critters bigger, smaller, softer, longer, and stretchier than you ever thought possible. 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: There’s No Place Like These Homes Chapter 2: Genes to the Extreme Chapter 3: Gross Anatomy Chapter 4: Supersize Species Chapter 5: Eat, Drink, and Be Scary Chapter 6: Death Defiers 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.

    I learned a lot from this book. I didn't even know that blobfish or tardigrades existed until now. I like the photo of the giraffe spider. I like that they used photographs. Most of the jokes are funny. (The Lego joke was hilarious.) The “Test Your Extreme Knowledge” questions are great. “Think About It” tells me to draw things, make things, and think about things. People who like plants and animals will like this book.,Nishaant, Age 8,Kids' Book Buzz, 12/1/16
    Combining two tween favorites—humor and the gross-out factor—the titles in the Things That Make You Go Yuck! series are also educational. But don't tell that to students. These books are all about animal (and a few plant and microorganism) adaptations and survival, particularly the planet's more unusual creatures, and readers will enjoy reading one quick, double-page story after another. The smaller format—with close-up color photos on every page, puns that introduce each species, and related quizzes—add to the browsing appeal. Extreme Living focuses on oddballs in the animal and plant kingdoms, including extreme living conditions, “gross” anatomy, weird diets, and supersized species. From yuck to wow to hmm, these books will draw out the curiosity in any reader. ,Angela Leeper,Booklist, 1/1/17
    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