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Masters of Disguise: Amazing Animal Tricksters

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  60 ratings  ·  25 reviews
In the animal kingdom, survival is the name of the game--and not everything is as it seems. A number of animals rely on particularly clever tricks to fool predators or prey. A baby bird mimics a poisonous caterpillar. A moth escapes bats by making sounds that interfere with the bats' echolocation. A tiny rain forest spider builds a big spider puppet out of bits of dead lea ...more
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published January 1st 2016 by Millbrook Press (Tm)
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Nancy Kotkin
Children's nonfiction book about camouflage and mimicry. Nine different animals (2 birds, 1 fish, 1 lizard, and the rest are insects) are examined as examples, each in their own chapter. Each chapter also includes a "Science Behind the Story" section which explains the research performed to uncover these natural marvels of survival. Writing is clear and appropriate for the targeted age group. Recommend for upper elementary and middle school students. Some of the photographs are blurry and not al ...more
Joanne Roberts
Oct 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cybils-nominees
Informative and well-organized. Bizarre facts about bugs, birds, lizards, and more. First a story to set the scene. Then a page of facts about the creature. Mostly bugs who use disguise techniques to hide or prey on others. Excellent photographs throughout.
Melissa Stewart
Oct 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite STEM books of the year. The alternative narrative scenes and expository background information means this book will appeal to a broad audience of upper elementary readers.
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Beehive Nominee 2018
Miss Lee
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It is amazing the things that happen in nature! So many cool animals that have adapted to fool prey and predators alike.
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Bright colors and a good balance between descriptive sections and background science. Good elementary school science book.
Apr 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This narrative nonfiction title presents nine members of the animal world, including birds, insects, reptiles, and fish, that have perfected the art of camouflage to ensure their continued existence in hostile environments. From caterpillars that disguise themselves as ant larvae to be tended by the ant colony to baby birds that disguise themselves as venomous caterpillars, their many modes of deceptive behavior and disguise are presented in matter-of-fact language with accompanying facts and ca ...more
May 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Terrific treatment of a fascinating subject that should be a real winner with young science-lovers. Johnson takes a look at 8 unusual creatures who use disguise in remarkable ways. She divides each chapter into two sections: the first is how the animals use their adaptive disguise and the second part called the Science Behind the Story in which the science is explained along with information on discovery and research into each animal's unique behaviors.

The photography is top notch adding to the
Jul 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Holy awesomesauce! Bugs that build a corpse pyramid of ants on their backs so other ants can't smell it?! A spider that builds a giant puppet spider in its web to fool predators?!! A chick that wriggles like a poisonous caterpillar until it gets the all clear from mom?!!! The natural world is hella cool. And this book presents these tricksters perfectly. Love that the author includes scientist bios & video links. ...more
Melissa Mcavoy
Nov 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Oh my gosh, not since Zombie Makers have I been so blown away. Spiders that create larger than life animated puppet-spiders to scare predators away, baby birds that mimic the appearance and movements of massively poisonous caterpillars, moth larva that look, and smell like ant larva and can imitate the sounds of ant queens in order to be waited on hand and foot! What?!?
Miss Erica
591.47 JOH

Lexile: 1010

This book is filled with 10 fascinating animals that use some interesting tricks and disguises to help them survive in the wild. Many interesting facts and the story of how scientists have come to the conclusions of how these animals do what they do and why.

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Nov 30, 2016 rated it liked it
3.75 Stars This book was very interesting. What I liked the most was the master of disguise. What it didn't find as fun was the science behind it on how scientist figured it out! It was interesting, just not as fun!! I wish I would have read the disguise part and then gone back and read the science stuff. It was still very cool! ...more
May 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: juvenile-nf
Close-up photos bring the reader eyeball to eyeball with the most unusual creatures. Each animal is presented in an introduction and "The Explanation Behind the Science." The mention of DNA and adaptation, along with explanations of scientific methods make this book perfect for science conversations. ...more
Great Books
Mar 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ages-9-11
Stunning photographs highlight the nearly unbelievable ability of some animals to disguise themselves. Nine of these remarkable creatures are profiled making this a perfect selection for aspiring naturalists. Reviewer 2

Julie Williams
May 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love Rebecca Johnson's work. She finds the coolest information and then writes in a clear and concise way. Her writing style is engaging. ...more
Feb 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, juvenile, nonfiction
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Kids will be flocking to the shelves to read about these animal tricksters!
Sep 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Love it! Great recommendation for reluctant readers.
Very impressive research and writing. I would highly recommend this to any non-fiction lovers out there, especially in the 4-6 grade range.
PottWab Regional Library
Aug 12, 2016 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2016-new
Angel Bolton madera
Aug 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great nonfiction text. Any teacher and science/animal lover would adore this book. The science behind the story is fascinating.
Apr 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Good source notes, bibliography, resources, and suggested readings.
Oct 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mg-ya-nonfiction
Animal nonfiction books are usually not my thing, but I found this one extremely fascinating!
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