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Pipsqueaks, Slowpokes, and Stinkers

Celebrating Animal Underdogs

Melissa Stewart, Stephanie Laberis (Illustrator)


List Price: 16.95*
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Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (9/1/2020)


Underdogs, unite Celebrated nonfiction author Melissa Stewart offers young readers a funny, informative look at some animal "underdogs" that have amazing means of survival.

Pee-ew Should the stinky, skunk-like zorilla take a bath? And should the slowpoke Gal pagos tortoise get a move on? Everyone knows "cool" animals like elephants and cheetahs, but you should meet these lesser-known creatures that have amazing, creative means of survival

Written with a lively, playful voice, Pipsqueaks, Slowpokes, and Stinkers introduces young readers to a variety of animal "underdogs" and explains how characteristics that might seem like weaknesses are critical for finding food and staying safe in an eat-or-be-eaten world.

Along with her engaging animal facts, noted science writer Melissa Stewart (author of the award-winning A Place for... nonfiction series) weaves in a gentle message of understanding and celebrating differences. Stephanie Laberis's bright, humorous, and scientifically accurate illustrations add to the fun. eBook available.


Eureka Gold Nonfiction Children's Book Award ―California Reading Association
Golden Kite (Nonfiction Honor Book) ―Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
Massachusetts Book Awards (Honor Book) ―Massachusetts Center for the Book
Virginia Readers' Choice (Master List) ―Virginia State Reading Association

Also available from Melissa Stewart:
Beneath the Sun
A Place for Bats
A Place for Birds
A Place for Butterflies
A Place for Fish
A Place for Frogs
A Place for Turtles
Under the Snow
When Rain Falls

Peachtree Publishing Company, 9781561459360, 32pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2018