Pipsqueaks, Slowpokes, and Stinkers
Celebrating Animal Underdogs
Puny? Poky? Clumsy? Shy? Take a lighthearted look at the surprising traits that help some animals survive.
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.
Award-winning author Melissa Stewart offers readers a humorous and informative nonfiction picture book with a gentle message of understanding and celebrating differences. Stephanie Laberis’s bright, bold―and scientifically accurate―illustrations add to the fun.
Publication Date: 9/1/2018
Page Count: 32
Size: 10-3/8″ x 9-3/8″
Age Range: 4 – 8
F&P: P, Gr 3, Genre I
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
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
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Meet the Illustrator
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.