Back Off! Animal Defenses

Series of 8 titles

From spines to stink and from armor to electricity, animals have many ways of saying, "Back off!" These books introduce young readers to some of the unique protective adaptations animals employ. The narrative nonfiction format engages readers in a story while vibrant photographs illustrate concepts. Includes infographics, an activity, glossary, and index.

Format List Price Library Price Qty
$215.92 $151.60
$280.00 $210.00
Title   ATOS Format Qty
Cover: Armored Animals Armored Animals 2.6
Cover: Electric Animals Electric Animals 2.6
Cover: Horned Animals Horned Animals 2.3
Cover: Prickly Animals Prickly Animals 2.7
Cover: Slimy Animals Slimy Animals 2.8
Cover: Stinky Animals Stinky Animals 2.6
Cover: Undercover Animals Undercover Animals 2.8
Cover: Venomous Animals Venomous Animals 2.7
Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 5
Reading Level Grade 2
Category Beginning Readers, STEM
Subject Animals, Animals, Science and Math, STEM
Copyright 2016
Publisher Jump!
Imprint Pogo Books
Language English
Number of Pages 24
Publication Date 2016-01-01
Dewey 591.47-591.6
Graphics Full-color photographs
Dimensions 7.5 x 9
Lexile 410-510
Guided Reading Level J
ATOS Reading Level 2.3-2.8
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Glossary of key words, Index, and Table of contents


Series Made Simple

These introductions to animal defense behaviors feature brief examples from a variety of species. Typically six to eight creatures are shown in each title, though Electric Animals examines only three. Descriptions of defense behaviors generally stick to how animals use them, rather than physiological details. In most cases, readers learn the basics of how each animal defends itself, although in a couple instances, the impact of the feature is overstated. For example, in Venomous Animals, the author states that “one bite [from cobra] and the mongoose would be history,” but mongooses actually have pretty strong resistance to cobra venom. Photographs are clear, and most are full page or larger, but their impact and usefulness vary. Images showing predator and prey interacting are most effective, but these are rare. More typical photos depict the animal on its own, often without showing the defense feature effectively. The lack of animal interaction is especially noticeable when the text shifts to present-tense descriptions of action scenes that aren’t well represented visually. For instance, in Horned Animals, the dramatic meeting between a mountain goat and an eagle is accompanied by a photo of a mountain goat just standing on a hill. VERDICT Serviceable introductions for young readers, with some flaws.

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