Peer into the nocturnal Southeast Asian tropical forests with this high-interest introduction to the venomous primates known as slow lorises.
Part of the Creatures of the Night series
Illuminating the unique physical features and behaviors of six nocturnal animals, this new series takes a narrative approach toward life-science topics. As we peer into nocturnal forests and skies, from nighttime awakening to sunlight retreat, atmospheric text and images knit together stories of survival, noting the adaptations that enable each creature to carve out its own niche in its particular habitat. A detailed diagram points out such characteristics in-depth, allowing more visual learners to match facts with real images.
With large, round eyes, dense brown fur, and long limbs, the slow loris resembles a cross between a sloth and a lemur. The nocturnal nature of this tree-dwelling primate has landed it a spot in the “Creatures of the Night” series (6 titles), and kids will need no prompting to pick up this intriguing volume. Basic information about its appearance, diet, social habits, and growth are communicated in well-written sentences, just a few per page or spread. However, the majority of the book is devoted to excellent photos of this unusual creature, full-page infographics, and labeled diagrams of slow loris anatomy. This is a natural fit for youngsters who are still gaining confidence in their reading skills, whether as new, struggling, or reluctant readers. A lovely choice for inquisitive minds.
–Julia Smith, Booklist , 10/1/2019
Readers learn how particular characteristics, such as the barn owl’s unevenly set ears and the tail of the luna moth, help the creatures thrive in the dark. In some cases, basic data like the animal’s size is not provided. For example, in Luna Moths the body length is given and not the wingspan. Vivid photographs capitalize on the nighttime environments, often showing the animals set dramatically against dark backgrounds. A useful closing spread presents a full animal view with captions and insets to highlight key body parts. Images do not always directly match the text. The statement “older aye-ayes live alone,” for example, accompanies a photo of two together with an egg. Appealing to browsers and could fill some subject holes.
–Steven Engelfried, School Library Journal , 11/1/2019