Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Nonfiction Picture Book Wednedsay-Never Smile and a Monkey by Steve Jenkins

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by Steve Jenkins
Published 2009
HMH Books for Young Readers
32 Pages
Review copy obtained through public library.

Goodreads Summary
When it comes to wild animals, everyone knows that there are certain things you just don’t do. It's clearly a bad idea to tease a tiger, pull a python's tail, or bother a black widow spider. But do you know how dangerous it can be to pet a platypus, collect a cone shell, or touch a tang fish? Some creatures have developed unusual ways of protecting themselves or catching prey, and this can make them unexpectedly hazardous to your health.
In this dynamic and fascinating picture book by Steve Jenkins, you'll find out what you should never do if you encounter one of these surprisingly dangerous animals.

My Thoughts
I have to admit, I was glad to be safe in my house while reading this book. Some of the animals in this books seem innocent until your read about how they could hurt or even kill you. Of course I knew that people should not try to get near baby bears in the wild, but who knew that those colorful tang fish (think Dory from Finding Nemo) have razor-sharp spines on their tails? 
I love Steve Jenkins' books. His combination of interesting illustrations and facts make these books perfect for young readers to learn about animals. 

Check out this book trailer. 


  1. I recently pulled this book out to use with students in our nonfiction unit. Anything Steve Jenkins does is great to use with kids!

  2. I love Steve Jenkins' books, but I hadn't seen this one. I'll have to pick it up -- thanks!

  3. This one is new to me. I'm not sure I'll ever get to all of Steve Jenkins' books. Thanks for sharing, Gigi. it looks great.

  4. Yikes - platypus look so cute, crazy to think they're poisonous! Another great title from Steve Jenkins.

  5. His books are so graphically compelling!

  6. So cool! I love the premise and Jenkins!

  7. Thanks too for including the trailer. What a great example of an enticing trailer!