1st Edition

Things That Make You Go Yuck! Mystifying Mutants

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

    Hexapus. Singing mice. Spider worm. They sound like creatures from horror movies, but they are all real-life mutants that creep, crawl, and slither among us. In Things That Make You Go Yuck!: Mystifying Mutants, you'll learn that genes can be a freaky and fascinating business. From two-toned lobsters to hairless cats, this book showcases the strangest and most shocking genetic mutants in the plant and animal kingdoms. 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: Sea Monsters Chapter 2: Man’s Freaky Best Friends Chapter 3: Mutants Underfoot Chapter 4: It Came . . . From the Garden! Chapter 5: Color Me Mutated Chapter 6: Weird and Engineered 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.

    Written with surprising wit and charm, this book is as funny as it is informative, never losing sight of educating the reader, even while entertaining you with trivia questions, goofy asides, ideas for assignments, and impressive photography that brings each of these unique creatures to life.,Glenn Dallas,San Francisco Book Review, 12/19/16
    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. Mystifying Mutants discusses the role of genes and how mutations have given animals and plants strange physical characteristics and adaptations to survive (or not!). A final chapter discusses how and why scientists are genetically modifying animals. 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