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Pink Is for Blobfish: Discovering the World's Perfectly Pink Animals

(The World of Weird Animals)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  1,061 ratings  ·  241 reviews
Pinkalicious meets National Geographic in this nonfiction picture book introducing the weirdest, wildest, pinkest critters in the animal kingdom!
Some people think pink is a pretty color. A fluffy, sparkly, princess-y color. But it's so much more.
Sure, pink is the color of princesses and bubblegum, but it's also the color of monster slugs and poisonous insects. Not to me
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published February 2nd 2016 by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
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Engagingly recounted, and even with a bit of gentle humour thrown in for good measure (but not ever to the point of author Jess Keating's narrative becoming either silly or feeling artificial, of the humour taking over or taking the place of factual explanations and scientific information) and above all and most appreciatively, exceedingly well researched and scientifically sound (with each of the seventeen presented animal species having their common name, their Latin species name, size, diet, ...more
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
I didn't know there were so many different pink animals in the world! But what kind of a book on pink critters doesn't include the flamingo and the piggy? Ok, so the animals in this book are all wild, so I'll excuse the piggy. But the flamingo?? Is it because the roseate spoonbill was included, and that bird is too much like the flamingo (except for the beak)? Anyway, I did learn quite a bit about the animals included here. I have to agree that the blobfish is pretty ugly, but the picture in the ...more
If you were to ask a roomful of students to play a word association game using the primary, red, blue, and yellow, and secondary, orange, green and violet, colors, will all their answers be the same? Based upon their ages, past experiences and thinking processes certainly some answers will be identical. For the same reasons many will be different. Colors are attached to some powerful memories.

If you were to throw out a shade made when adding white to a primary color such as pink, what will they
Feb 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Do you think pink is only for princesses? Then you should take a look to this book! In it you will find seventeen fascinating animals such as tarantulas, river dolphins, armadillos, rat moles and uakaris; animals from 0.5 inch to 14 feet long; animals from every continent; animals who live in rivers, rain forests, ponds, swamps and underwater; all of them pink.

Many interesting facts are explained in a funny way. The books has pictures and cartoons, and also a glossary and a map at the end.

Joyce Yattoni
Jul 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This a superbly written and clever picture book about the world of pink animals. The pictures/illustrations are stunning. This will make for a great read aloud for MS especially tackling organizational patterns but more specifically classifications. I sure hope students enjoy the interesting topic as they explore their own topics to research.
Michele Knott
Readers are in for a treat with this book! I read an early e-copy and I cannot wait to hold the real copy in my hands and pass on to students!
Lesley Burnap
Jun 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Perfect for my 3rd graders! Love the structure and great photographs! Jess's writing is clever and fun!
I only read this book because I needed something for the PopSugar Reading Challenge that had my favorite color in the title. Yes, I have The Secret History of the Pink Carnation on audio, but what with how many other audio books I have waiting for me (I'm addicted to Audible), I'm not sure I'll get to it by the end of the year. So after a search for other books with "pink" in the title, I decided this one looked suitably easy, plus it was available online at my library. But it turned out it was ...more
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Nate gives this one 5 stars! It's a great book about weird pink animals! Perfect amount of text and nice, big, interesting photos of some really fascinating animals! We had a great time reading this one last night. Lots of laughs too. Don't miss this one for your own kids.
Jan 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'll be honest: I was completely fascinated and slightly weirded out, when I first saw the Pink is for Blobfish cover. The more I read about the book, the more curious I became to learn just what a pink blobfish was, and just what other pink creatures may exist in our world.

Zoologist/author Jess Keating walks readers through a number of familiar and unfamiliar pink-shaded creatures, including the naked mole rat, the pinky pygmy seahorse and the pink fairy armadillos. For each animal, Keating de
One thrill this week was finding Pink Is For Blobfish by Jess Keating, with illustrations by David DeGrand. So many have been shouting good things about it, and now I know why. The book makes me want to know more, and that's the best thing about non-fiction picture books.One full size spread/photo of the actual animal. On the right is a short description, a cartoon drawing of the animal (clever and creative), and another piece that tells interesting "stuff" about it. On the right, a column give ...more
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a very enjoyable light science book. The pictures of all of the pink animals are very engaging. It is a bit discouraging that so many of the animals are struggling with environmental challenges, but I am glad it is pointed out and not glossed over.
Niki (Daydream Reader)
I loved this book when I got to catch a sneak peak of it....and I love it even more now. Awesome nonfiction book!! I can't wait for the next book in the series!
Michelle Simpson
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is awesome! It is filled with amazing pictures and fascinating information about a variety of pink animals. It is very appealing to kids.
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Everyone should know these creatures exist, they made my whole life better.
Aug 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book highlighting the various pink animals of the world. Who knew there were so many?!

Book includes a glossary and section at the end directing readers to future careers in science based on the types of animals that interest them.

Excellent mentor text for studying author's craft. How did Jess Keating decide what information to include at the top of each page? the information included with the cartoon?

This book is also a good mentor text for sentence fluency.
An informative nonfiction picture book that tells the reader right off the bat that pink in nature is not always cute and cuddly, but sometimes downright weird. Keating focuses on seventeen pink animals with crisp, full color close-up photography and a casually instructive narrative. The sidebar charts are edifying and filled with fascinating tidbits. A must-read book for young readers who love the strange but true in nature.
Aug 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Hello genius!

You've got a little kid that only likes the color pink? Well they will LOVE THIS BOOK! Only pink animals, all shapes and size and from all over the world!, fill this book! So many new facts and creative additions at the end of the book, too! (I especially loved the map and list of what kids can be when they grow up if they love different kinds of animals. So cool!)
Jan 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
What a fascinating fact-filled book! It didn't hold my 4 year old's attention but I will definitely purchase this for the students of my library. They will go CRAZY for this!
Feb 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science, animals, nature
This engaging nonfiction text provides plenty of information and a different slant on the color pink. While some might consider pink to be a girly color, the animals featured here are different shades of pink, and some of them are not all that appealing. Photographs, cartoons, and brief text boxes introduce readers to blobfish, orchid mantises, pink fairy armadillos, naked mole rats, and red uakaris, among other creatures who look rather pretty in pink. The text describes their physical characte ...more
Gary Anderson
May 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
With a title that works from every angle, Pink is for Blobfish is an excellent nonfiction picture book, especially for animal-loving young readers. While pink is usually considered a pretty color, some denizens of the wild with pink coloration defy that stereotype.

Jess Keating’s book is bright, humorous, and engaging. Readers will learn weird facts about each animal, along with details about its habitat, diet, and enemies. My favorite weird facts: naked mole rats do not get cancer, and the only
Sep 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
Pink is for Blobfish is an amazing non-fiction title for kids. I was astonished to see so many pink animals!
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jnf-500
Fascinating and interesting information on a variety of pink animals.
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great pictures and cartoons, fun facts for kids and parents and in general a great way to introduce weird and wonderful animals (and science) to kiddos. It's somewhere between a picture book and a wordy science book so my daughter uses it to extend reading before bedtime but it never bores.
I liked the three books we've read by Jess Keating so much (Shark Lady and Cute as an Axolotl are the other two) that we checked out her YouTube stuff and unfortunately she hasn't figured out how to TedTalk ye
Michelle Stimpson
Jun 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was an interesting and fun read to share with my boys. I love the photos, the premise, and the voice in this look at not-so-cute animals that are pink.
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating facts and pictures.
Molly Kasperek
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: work-related, 2019
This was really cute and informative and made me want to read more non-fiction picture books!
Aug 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fun nonfiction about strange creatures that happen to be pink. My favorite: the orchid mantis.
Very interesting! I didn't know about a lot of these animals!! I want to see a picture of a blobfish under water! Monarch 2018 Nominee.
Katie Lawrence
Jul 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
This is just plain fun and fascinating too. I love the use of color to tie together rather bizarre, lesser known animals, and Keating does an excellent job supplying fascinating details about each creature. I found myself learning a lot from this book and I know my students would love this. The segment on nudibranches does raise the topic of hermaphroditic animals, but in a way that I think would be accessible for children. Really intriguing, particularly for lovers of pink, animals, or bizarre ...more
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Find her on Twitter @Jess_Keating and on Instagram @JessKeatingBooks!

Jess Keating is an award-winning author, cartoonist, and zoologist, whose work has been featured in the New York Times, CBC, Buzzfeed, Parents Magazine, and more.

She is the creator of over a dozen fiction and nonfiction books, including Eat Your Rocks, Croc!, Shark Lady, Pink is for Blobfish, the Elements of Genius middle grade

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