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Cool Animal Names    by Dawn Cusick order for
Cool Animal Names
by Dawn Cusick
Order:  USA  Can
Charlesbridge, 2011 (2011)
* * *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

This well illustrated book for children seven years of age and older is filled with surprises. Every page features three or four creatures whose name will remind you of other animals. For example, on the skunk page you'll discover not only a regular skunk but also a skunk bear, skunk clownfish and a skunk beetle.

A photo of each critter is accompanied by a short paragraph that tells you something about it. 'Skunk beetles defend themselves by standing on their heads and spraying predators with a bad-smelling liquid from their hind ends.'

The book's Table of Contents lists an eclectic array of animals, fish and insects. Turn to the page and you'll see what other creatures have piggybacked on that animal. Under the Wolf heading you'll find wolf eels, wolf spiders and wolf guenon monkeys. The owl section features goat owls, rat owls, hawk owls, fish owls and eagle owls.

More than 250 animals are featured in this book and most young readers will be totally fascinated by all the little tidbits they will discover about these cool creatures.

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