Caramel loves facts about robots, space ships, and science. He also loves facts about animals. Today he reviews a beautiful book published by National Geographic Kids: 5000 Awesome Facts (About Animals). As usual, Sprinkles is taking notes and asking questions.
Sprinkles: So Caramel, I see you are rereading 5000 Awesome Facts (About Animals).
Caramel: Yes. You know five thousand is a big number.
S: So are there really that many facts in the book?
S: And have you really read them all already?
S: So why are you rereading then?
C: Because I like rereading. These are all really cool facts.
S: Really? So tell me one from that page you are looking at now.
C: This page is called “75 Facts about Coral Reef Animals”. And here is a neat fact: Sea horses don’t have stomachs! It’s so weird!
S: How do they eat then?
C: I don’t know. The book doesn’t tell.
S: Well, let’s see. This National Geographic for Kids website says “Seahorses use their tube-shaped snouts like powerful vacuums to scoop up hundreds of tiny meals in a single day. These fish don’t have true stomachs, just a digestive tube, so they need to eat all day to get their nutrients.”
C: Oh, that explains it, very interesting!
S: So I guess the book tells you neat tidbits, but you might need to look elsewhere for more explanations.
C: Yes, but these are really cool tidbits. Here is another one: some moray eels have two sets of jaws. The second one is hidden inside their throats.
S: That is weird!
C: Yes. It’s kind of like they have a second mouth in their throats.
S: So it seems like the facts are organized into groups. And each two-page spread is about a particular group of animals. Right?
C: More or less. But the groups are not always types of animals. Sometimes it is about where they live, like those 75 facts about coral reef animals. And then there are 35 facts about gorillas, and you took my photo when I was looking at that page.
S: Yes, let me post that photo right here:
C: There are fact collections about animals living in the Himalayas, about dogs, about animals in books and movies. And so on. It is all pretty awesome!
S: I guess the title makes sense then.
S: Did you see on the back cover that there are a couple other volumes in this same series called 5000 Awesome Facts?
C: Yes, there is a book called 5000 Awesome Facts About Everything, another called 5000 Awesome Facts About Everything 2, and there is a third one: 5000 Awesome Facts About Everything 3.
S: Those sound neat too. But I know you really like animals and books about animal facts.
C: Yep. And I already reviewed many such books. Maybe you can put a link to some of them?
S: Sure. Here are some: The Magnificent Book of Animals by Val Walerczuk and Tom Jackson, The Magnificent Book of Ocean Creatures by Val Walerczuk and Tom Jackson, Pangolins by Lisa Fanton, Sea Bunnies by Kelly Hargrave, Glow Animals by K.C. Kelley. And then there are a couple books you reviewed about dinosaurs. But then you already know quite a lot about animals. I’m surprised you found new things in this book.
C: Yes. Actually almost all of them were things I did not know.
S: That makes sense Caramel. You know a lot, but the world is so much bigger, so there is always more to learn.
S: So how would you describe this book in three words?
C: Colorful, factful, animalful.
S: Hmm, not sure that last one is a real word, but I’ll let it be. What do you want to tell our readers as we wrap this review up?
C: Stay tuned for more book bunny reviews!