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Pipsqueaks Slowpokes and Stinkers
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Pipsqueaks, Slowpokes, and Stinkers

Celebrating Animal Underdogs

by Melissa Stewart
illustrated by Stephanie Laberis

Underdogs, unite! Celebrated nonfiction author Melissa Stewart offers young readers a funny, informative look at some animal “underdogs” that have amazing means of survival.

Pee-ew! Should the stinky, skunk-like zorilla take a bath? And should the slowpoke Galápagos tortoise get a move on? Everyone knows “cool” animals like elephants and cheetahs, but you should meet these lesser-known creatures that have amazing, creative means of survival!

Written with a lively, playful voice, Pipsqueaks, Slowpokes, and Stinkers introduces young readers to a variety of animal “underdogs” and explains how characteristics that might seem like weaknesses are critical for finding food and staying safe in an eat-or-be-eaten world.

Along with her engaging animal facts, noted science writer Melissa Stewart (author of the award-winning A Place for… nonfiction series) weaves in a gentle message of understanding and celebrating differences. Stephanie Laberis’s bright, humorous, and scientifically accurate illustrations add to the fun. eBook available.

Eureka! Gold Nonfiction Children’s Book Award ―California Reading Association
Golden Kite (Nonfiction Honor Book) ―Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
Massachusetts Book Awards (Honor Book) ―Massachusetts Center for the Book
Virginia Readers’ Choice (Master List) ―Virginia State Reading Association

Also available from Melissa Stewart:
Beneath the Sun
A Place for Bats
A Place for Birds
A Place for Butterflies
A Place for Fish
A Place for Frogs
A Place for Turtles
Under the Snow
When Rain Falls

Format: Hardcover
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-936-0
Publication Date: 9/1/2018
Page Count: 32
Size: 10-3/8″ x 9-3/8″
Age Range: 4 – 8
Language: English
Format: Paperback
Price: $8.99
ISBN: 978-1-68263-202-4
Publication Date: 9/1/2020
Page Count: 32
Size: 10-3/8″ x 9-3/8″
Age Range: 4 – 8
Language: English
Format: eBook
ISBN: 978-1-68263-267-3
Age Range: 4 – 8
Language: English

Purchase this eBook through the following vendors:

Barnes & Noble

AR Level: 4.4
F&P: P, Gr 3, Genre I
Lexile: AD720L
Themes: Animal Behavior, Humor, Strengths and Weaknesses, Animal Survival Techniques
BISAC 1: JNF003000 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals / General
BISAC 2: JNF028000 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Humor / General
BISAC 3: JNF051150 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Zoology

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“The point that every animal, no matter how seemingly weak, has ‘its own special way of surviving’ is effectively made. The narrative also offers discussion-encouraging questions, and the lively painted portraits depict the animals fairly realistically, placing them in simplified natural settings, sometimes with a humorous touch.” ―Booklist

“Friendly and approachable, this compendium is sure to create some new favorites in the animal kingdom.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“Many diverse and fascinating animals depicted in humorous and informative portraits…” ―Foreword Reviews


Eureka! Gold Nonfiction Children’s Book Award ―California Reading Association, 2018

Golden Kite (Nonfiction Honor Book) ―Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, 2019

Massachusetts Book Awards (Honor Book) ―Massachusetts Center for the Book, 2019

Virginia Readers’ Choice (Master List) ―Virginia State Reading Association, 2020-2021

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Delaware Diamonds Awards (Nominee, K-2)―Diamond State Reading Association, 2019-2020

Keystone to Reading Elementary Book Award (Preschool Nominee) ―Keystone State Reading Association, 2019-2020

South Carolina Picture Book Award (Nominee) ―South Carolina Association of School Librarians, 2020-2021

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Meet the Author

Melissa Stewart

Melissa Stewart earned degrees from Union College and New York University and worked as an editor. She is the author of more than sixty books and lives in Massachusetts. You can visit her website here.

Meet the Illustrator

Stephanie Laberis

Stephanie Laberis is a character designer and illustrator who specializes in creating art for animation and children’s publications. She has illustrated several picture books, including My Little Golden Book of Sharks and Grumpy Cat ABC Book. For Stephanie, creating the illustrations for Pipsqueaks, Slowpokes, and Stinkers was a marriage of her two greatest passions: art and animals. She lives and works in the San Francisco Bay area.