Crystalee Reviews The Slug

The Slug
By Elise Gravel
Published on August 5 2014
Published by Tundra Books
Source: Net Galley
One in a series of humorous books about disgusting creatures, The Slug is a look at the land slug. It covers such topics as the slug's two pairs of tentacles, one pair for seeing, one pair for smelling (it can see you're a kid and smell like broccoli), its breathing hole (on the side of its head!), and its pretty gross mucous covering (in order to find a partner, the slug can follow another slug's mucous trail. True love!). Although silly and off-the-wall, The Slug contains real information that will tie in with curriculum


A certain somebody I know, who shall remain nameless, hates slugs. So, I requested this book in hopes of convincing him-- and you-- that slugs are fun!

This picture book is both educational and very funny! I really appreciate how facts about slugs are presented in a kid-friendly way within the context of the story, instead of stuck at the end with footnotes that aren't engaging. Independent readers can read this book on their own and learn all about the slug, without having to rely on their parents to explain the page of facts to them.

Among things I've learned about slugs:

They breathe out of the sides of their heads!
They attract their mates with their mucous!
They smell with a second pair of tentacles!
Some slugs prefer water over land!

I thought this was a really cool book. Apparently, it is part of a series of books about disgusting creatures, but I don't really see slugs as disgusting anymore! 

Rats, on the other hand. . .


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