Creature Features: Twenty-Five Animals Explain Why They Look the Way They Do

Steve Jenkins (Author) Robin Page (Author)


Dear axolotl: Why do you have feathers growing out of your head? Axolotl: They aren't feathers--they're gills! They let me breathe underwater.
Let's face it. Even as babies, we humans pay close attention to faces. Observing another person's features and expressions tells us whether they are happy, angry, excited, or sad. And when we look at an animal, it's hard not to imagine that its face is communicating human feelings. This isn't true, of course. Squinty eyes, an upturned mouth, or another odd expression is probably there because, in some way, it helps that animal survive. Packed with many cool facts and visuals on where certain animals live and what they eat, this book captures twenty-five humorous--and very true--explanations of why animals look the way they do in order to exist in this world.

Product Details

$17.99  $16.55
Houghton Mifflin
Publish Date
October 07, 2014
9.3 X 0.4 X 9.1 inches | 0.75 pounds
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About the Author

Steve Jenkins and Robin Page, creators of the Caldecott Honor book What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? and many more popular titles, live with their three children in Boulder, Colorado. Visit their website at


"From a skilled team, another intriguing invitation to explore the animal world."

"It's a splendid introduction and a memorable read-aloud for young children."

* "Loaded with nuggets of information and layered in humor, this is a winning picture book that is sure to inform as well as entertain."
--School Library Journal, starred review

* "Jenkins's torn-paper creations emphasize the idea of interspecies dialogue--readers stare face to face with the animals, who happily divulge what makes them special."
--Publishers Weekly, starred review

"The language of the questions is funny, varied, and irreverent, and the answers are as personable as they are compactly informative...Though the text is accessible for reading alone, the Q&A format is a natural for a lively and unusual readaloud--funny voices optional but recommended."