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 factual information that will both amuse and teach at the same time.
About the Author
ELISE GRAVEL is an award-winning author/illustrator from Quebec. She has won a Governor General's Award for Children's Illustration in French, and is well-known for her original, wacky picture books and graphic novels. After completing her studies in graphic design, Elise found herself quickly swept up into the glamorous world of illustration. Her old design habits drive her to work a little text here and there into her drawings and she loves to handle the design of her assignments from start to finish. She is inspired by social causes and likes projects that can handle a good dose of eccentricity. The author lives in Montreal, Quebec.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a series of books about disgusting creatures that kids will just love. "The Slug" is witty, sometimes silly and educational all packaged around the most fun illustrations ever. Kids (and especially boys) will be delighted with this series. "The Slug" highlighted in this book is the land slug. The author points out interesting features such as: it having no shell like a snail, it's two pair of tentacles, (one with eyes and one for smelling and tasting), how it breathes through a hole in its side, how it moves using contracting muscles on its belly and the purpose of its thick slimy mucus just to name a few. She covers the uniqueness of a girl/boy baby and foods that are appealing and necessary to sustain the slug's life. It is sprinkled with great vocabulary words to look up and understand and a very accurate overview of a land slug's life. I highly recommend this book. The information is presented in very clever ways so you will remember the hard facts for years to come. It in enjoyable both through text and illustrations and both kids and adults will appreciate the content and humour.
Release Date: August 4, 2014 Publisher: Tundra Books ISBN: 9781770496552 E-ARC: Netgalley Elise Gravel returns with another Disgusting Creatures installment, this time the oh-so-gross slug. Often underrated, the slug actually benefits the environment. How many times have you seen a slug and jerked away from it (or for those really naughty kids, sqiushed it)? After reading this book, you might think differently. Gravel's book is very informational, from characterizing the slug as a mollusk to providing facts about its mucus. The information is paired with endearing illustrations that make the slug seem more cute than offputting, and the captions for the illustrations are very age appropriate. Gravel teaches children about smelling and tasting as well the slug's mating habits. Don't worry, it's very G. Perhaps controversial, though I don't personally believe so, the slug is actually a boy and a girl at the same time, which might cause parents to have to explain a little bit. Gravel uses the word "partner" instead of mommy/daddy, which is very progressive. More importantly than the possible controversy is the information regarding the slug's mucus and its benefits to the environment. Gravel shows children that even the slimiest creatures have good intentions!