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Nasty Nature (Horrible Science)
Kids can slither into the animal world to discover what kind of frog lives in the toilet, how vampire bats suck blood, which animal is the stupidest in the world, and many other fantastic facts that will leave readers howling for more.
Paperback, 159 pages
Published September 1st 1998 by Scholastic
(first published 1996)
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I was reading Nasty Nature with my 3rd and 4th graders and was enjoying it with them. There were interesting facts about animals presented in very creative ways - comics, narratives, faux newspaper columns, awards etc, I was really appreciating the way Mr. Arnold communicates science in a kid friendly way, which is why I was sharing this book with my class in the first place - and why I was so disturbed by a snippet we came across on page 132. We were reading along about vultures and the conserv ...more
Jul 12, 2013 Rainier rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition
I know about the nature cycle. It is what everything eats, and what it eats and what it eats ad what it eats and bears get eaten by something and so do the things that eat that and the things that eat that and the things that eat that and the things that eat that, and that's the end of the nature cycle, also known as the food chain. There's another way of the nature cycle - but it's pretty complicated, so if you want you can skip this bit. I learned about parrots (but not how they talk). Dogs re ...more
This book was quite fun for me because I love animals. That's one thing I have learned about Horrible Science books, they are only good if you are interested in the topic. If you like to learn in a fun way, then this is a good book to read. It won't take you long to read and stays interesting with the different chapters.
I thought it was very funny and it had very useful information like how to survive a tiger, how to speak gorilla and where to find animals. It made me gasp at the facts about the cute and cuddly and the well... not so cute and cuddly animals all the way from albatross to killer whale to tapir to zebra.
Nick Arnold is the author of the award winning series, Horrible Science and Wild Lives. Arnold's first published works appeared as a result of a project he was working on at the University of North London, when he was trying to teach young children. A positive review was written about him, and he started to write the "Horrible Science" books. His books are illustrated by Tony De Saulles.More about Nick Arnold...
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