by Jess Keating; with illustrations by David DeGrand
(The World of Weird Animals). Alfred A. Knopf, 2016. ISBN: 9780553512274.
Picture book, informational, explanatory genre
Interest level: K-3
Reading level: 4.5
5 out of 5 stars
There is a lot to love in this unique informational picture book by Jess Keating. Keating has a Masters of Science in Zoology, which she has combined with her love of writing to create a new series, The World of Weird Animals. Pink is for Blobfish is the first book in this series, and young readers will learn to think about the color pink in new ways, while learning about seventeen unique animals.
Each two-page spread features a new pink animal, with each animal being introduced by the recurring phrase, “Pink is for…”. A color photo showcasing the animal is accompanied by brief text highlighting basic animal facts. A cartoon drawing of the animal goes with an interesting tidbit that details what makes this animal unique, and finally a sidebar contains all the formal animal information such as species name, size, diet, habitat, and predators & threats. The book includes a map showing where each animal can be found in the world, a glossary, and resources for finding more animal information.
The book is colorful and visually interesting and will appeal to a wide range of young readers. The text is pretty complex, featuring words such as gelatinous, carrion, and eusocial, so upper elementary students in grades 4 and 5 will find challenges in reading comprehension. All readers, including adults, will learn about lesser known animals in a fun format. People should never view pink as a girly color after reading Pink is for Blobfish!
Pink is for Blobfish could be used as a mentor text to students writing animal reports. It includes basic factual information, throws in bizarre and unique information, and includes captivating photos and fun illustrations.
You can find out more information about Jess Keating, and blobfish, by visiting her website at http://jesskeating.com/.