New series alert! Sometimes big nerdiness comes in a small package–and this little book is an animal nerd’s dream!In this little animal “Nerdlet” you’ll learn about the weirdest, coolest, most amazing creatures in the animal kingdom–and what makes them so complex. Plus, you’ll have some of your most burning animal questions answered, such as What’s the deal with crocodile tears? And you’ll meet people who get to be around animals for a living and travel to animal destinations around the world. You’ll also find personality quizzes, fun facts, animal superheroes, and even a Star Wars reference … or two.


MY TAKE: Packed with photographs and facts on animals, The handy sized book (about 6 1/2 inch square) has so many creatures the index alone takes up 4 of the 216 pages.

You will find familiar and not so familiar animals. Ever seen or heard of a Lanternfly, Seagooseberry, or a Hairy frog? I sure hadn’t and the two page spreads for each brought me up to date on their amazing characteristics.

But there’s more! Included are profiles of expert animal nerds. These are people who make animals their career whether it be for photographs or research. It might inspire young readers to seek out the same passion.

Other features sure to be popular are personality quizzes. Answer a few questions and your answers are tracked to the kind of animal most like you. Then there are features on animal themed destinations. My favorites were The Land of Wild Ponies on an island off the Virginia coast, and Pig Beach in the Bahamian Exumas Islands.

It will take a young readers quite some time to read the entire book, but hopefully when they’re done another Nerdlet will be waiting for them in this new series.

Order your own copy of Nerdlet: Animals here.

Also be sure to visit National Geographic Kids

(I received a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)


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4 Responses to NERDlet: ANIMALS

  1. msyingling says:

    These are always great books for young readers to have on long car trips, as long as they don’t have motion sickness. Of course, now that no one is traveling anywhere, they might also be great for reading at home this winter when all of the Zoom classes and online homework is done.

  2. danielle hammelef says:

    I enjoy these books so much. We took a trip to Chincoteague Island just to see the ponies with our kids. It has since been my favorite vacation we ever took as a family.

  3. I was just thinking this would make a great travel book. They have a captivated audience and can share fun details. Always wanted to visit Chincoteague Island. Still do!

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