Chameleons Are Cool (Paperback)

Read and Wonder

By Martin Jenkins, Sue Shields (Illustrator)

Candlewick, 9780763611392, 32pp.

Publication Date: May 1, 2001

List Price: 7.99*
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The ability to change color, a sharp-shooting tongue, and skin covering your eyes — now that is cool.

Read and Wonder books tell stories, take children on adventures, and reveal how big and WONDER-full the natural world really is. Back matter includes an index.

About the Author

Martin Jenkins first saw chameleons in Madagascar and, he says, "fell in love with them at first sight. I picked one up, ever so gently, and it promptly bit me on the thumb. I still think they are wonderful, but tend to leave them alone whenever I bump into them."

Sue Shields had to develop a new way of painting for Chameleons Are Cool, "to try to describe not only the chameleons‘ astonishing colors, but also the hint of the colors they can change into."

Praise For Chameleons Are Cool: Read and Wonder

May well spur a visit to the reptile house.
—Publishers Weekly

With infectious enthusiasm, a boy explains his fascination with chameleons by describing their unique physical and behavioral characteristics. Vivid ink-and-watercolor paintings realistically depict a variety of the strange-looking lizards.
—School Library Journal