The octopus spies a nice, tasty mantis shrimp. It swims over for a closer look at the small creature. Then WHAM! the mantis shrimp strikes a nasty blow with its hammer-like forelimb. The octopus shrinks back, defeated. That wasn't such an easy meal after all... In nature, good defenses can mean the difference between surviving a predator's attack and becoming its lunch. Some animals rely on sharp teeth and claws or camouflage. But that's only the beginning. Meet creatures with some of the strangest defenses known to science. How strange? Hagfish that can instantaneously produce oodles of gooey, slippery slime; frogs that poke their own toe bones through their skin to create claws; young birds that shoot streams of stinking poop; and more.
Rebecca L. Johnson
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Great book for interactive reading aloud within reading workshop. Students love it! A great mix of narrative nonfiction and expository nonfiction with a set and predictable pattern but exciting and unexpected content. High-interest, rich vocabulary, awesome photos.
From the compelling title to the extraordinary illustrations, WHEN LUNCH FIGHTS BACK: WICKEDLY CLEVER ANIMAL DEFENSES by Rebecca L. Johnson is an informational book that immediately grabs the reader’s attention. Even the chapter titles like “slip-sliming away” and “here’s blood in your eye” are designed to shock and entertain.
The author uses a short narrative to introduce each creature. Then, a “science behind the story” segment describes the species’ method of defense featuring a scientist who studies how the defense system works.
Quality photographs and informational boxes bring attention to each featured creature. The glossary at the end of the book defines key vocabulary. Suggested books, websites, and videos are provided to extend the experience.
Aimed at upper elementary grades, this book will fit well into the school library collection. Containing a balance of entertaining narratives along...
High kid-appeal in this one! Reading about the fascinating ways that animals defend themselves is pretty addictive. Strong writing and mostly terrific photos (though there were a couple where I couldn't discern what was happening even with helpful arrows).
Each animal gets two features. In the first one, a present-tense scene plays out between predator and would-be prey. Dramatic language and great tension make these scenes fun to read. In the second spread, The Science Behind the Story, we get more direct, scientific information featuring quotes from a scientific authority as well as an explanation of how the defense works--and often how it was discovered or figured out by scientists. This dual approach works really well.
My only minor gripe was in the hairy frog scenario. The whole scene plays out between frog and otter, but then the caption for the otter photo reveals, "It's likely that these otters try to eat hairy frogs, although scientists have never...
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