Monday, January 13, 2020

A Delightfully Disgusting Sneak Peek


I’m excited to kick off 2020 by sharing something I’m pretty excited about—the cover AND three spreads from my upcoming book Ick! Delightfully Disgusting Animal Dinners, Dwellings, and Defenses. 

This book has been a looooong time in the making--23 years in all, so I can’t wait for it to officially enter the world on June 23, 2020. With 112 pages of fascinating information, it’s perfect for summer reading. 

I’m thrilled with the amazing photos National Geographic was able to track down. And I love the design. It’s so colorful and dynamic. I think kids (and adults) will love it.


Here’s the publisher’s description:
Get ready to be totally grossed out as you discover the incredibly icky ways animals eat, make their homes, and defend themselves.

From ants to zebras, you’ll discover some seriously strange animal behaviors. Slurp up soupy insides with houseflies, spit sticky saliva to build nests with birds, and fend off predators with poop-flinging caterpillars and farting snakes. And that’s just the tip of the dung pile! These yucky habits may seem surprising to us, but they’re totally normal for these animals. In fact, their survival depends on them.

Lively text, incredible photography, and all kinds of fun features make this book a must read for curious kids. Ready to chew some fingernails with cockroaches? Dive into the disgusting world of animals!
And the good news is that you can pre-order it now.

10 comments:

  1. This looks like such a great read, Melissa! Congratulations!!

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  2. Euw in the best way! Congratulations and I hope we'll hear the backstory of the 23 year journey. (June 23 launch, 23 years in the making?? Coincidence?)

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    1. Thanks, Carrie.
      Part of that research story will be featured on Nancy Castaldo's blog on Wednesday.

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  3. I am floored by your dedication. It looks fabulous! Congratulations!

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    1. Thanks, Jilanne. I'm so excited for this book to finally enter the world.

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  4. Wow- thetas treu perseverance, Melissa. I know my grandson of 8 will gobble this up. NatGeo does such a great job on design and keeping things colorful. Congrats.

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    1. Yes, it's perfect for curious 8 year olds. 112 pages of amazing information.

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