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Gross as a Snot Otter

(The World of Weird Animals)

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  74 ratings  ·  20 reviews
The creators of Pink Is for Blobfish are back, and they've brought 17 of their most revolting friends: there are slippery, slimy snot otters, gulls that projectile-vomit on command, fish that communicate via flatulence, and chipmunks that cultivate healthy forests by pooping a trail of seeds wherever they go. But there's more to these skin-crawling creatures than meets the ...more
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published October 29th 2019 by Alfred A. Knopf
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Edward Sullivan
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fascinating critters introduced with text and visuals sure to appeal to young readers.
Gary Anderson
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Can we all just take a moment to admire the poetry in the title of Jess Keating’s new nonfiction picture book, Gross as a Snot Otter? Alliteration, assonance, and dactylic meter are all right there.

Before we get too high-minded about this book, have no illusions that it lives up to its title. Gross as a Snot Otter has all your favorite disgusting stuff, including lots of pee, poop, barf, snot, and mucus. The part of me that is still seven years old loves this book, while the parts that are a “
A great new addition to Jess Keating’s other nonfiction books about weird and interesting animals!
Dec 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a gift to the natural world and literacy community is Jess Keating. Along with cartoons by David DeGrand, her partner for earlier publications, Pink Is for Blobfish, What Makes a Monster? and Cute as an Axolotl, and terrific photographs, she delights in serving up all sorts of gross information about various species. As another reviewer has noted, Gross as a Snot Otter--who even knew there was such a creature?--is the perfect title for the book and will be one that will be hard to top. In ...more
I love Jess Keating's books, like Pink is for Blobfish, Cute As An Axolotl, and Shark Lady these past few years! I also love that she creates picture books about creatures we may know something about or may think "EW" when we see them or hear their names and makes us (ME) want to know more and revel that such interesting creatures are out there in our world.
This time, double-page spreads with a brief intro, one large photo of the 'real' creature with David DeGrand's fun cartoons showing one
Dec 14, 2019 added it
When you are out and about in the wild and come upon something out of the ordinary with a high ick factor, you usually tend to give it a wide berth. You avoid it not only because of its physical appearance but these characteristics are likely to be a danger signal. This is one of those win-win situations. Both you and the critter are spared any adverse results.

If you know why this particular creature looks as they do, there's a chance you will find them fascinating. Gross As A Snot Otter:
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Part of The World of Weird Animals series. This nonfiction book explores a variety of gross animals. Readers will enjoy the full color photographs of unusual animals and will be surprised by some "cute" ones that have gross habits, like the giraffe. Each two page spread follows the same format - photo on one side with interesting information, scientific name, habitat, diet and predators/threats on the other. Words students might not know are in bold and many are explained in the text. A glossary ...more
Becky B
Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Jess Keating introduces kids to some gross animals. From those with only a face a mother could love, to the massive mucus producers, to those with disturbing abilities.

Not all the animals in this book are ones I would typically have thought of as gross. Giraffes? But the giraffes and others are in here for very good reason. (Did you know how much slobber giraffes produces?!?!) A fascinating little look at both common animals and lesser known ones. Each spread has a photo of the animal, why they
Laurie Hnatiuk
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Jess Keating has done it again. Finally got a chance to read what will be another great addition to her series. Readers will definitely be grossed out but will also be informed and learn new animals and their “gross” characteristics that help them survive. Consistent formatting such as the basics of the animal on the right with a large photo on the left allow and the “gross” tidbits in the middle allow readers to take in as little or as much as they want. I appreciated the last page about being ...more
Dec 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids, non-fiction
Another interesting book full of weird animals. The most memorable for me?

The Parrotfish, who poops sand, which end up on beaches. Some Caribbean beaches are up to 85% parrotfish poop.

The Spanish Ribbed Newt, who pokes ribs through their skin for protection.

Finally, the Surinam Toad. The mom keeps the baby eggs and tadpoles on it's back, where the skin grows around them. When they are finally ready to be on their own, they punch a hole through the mother's skin to get out. Up to 100 toadlets
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Yep, these animals were all pretty gross--and many were surprising! Giraffes? Gross? Apparently yes! While the reading level is definitely higher than what a three-year-old is used to, I found that the little boy I read it to was still interested and paying pretty good attention. When he did finally find something else to hold his attention, I was perfectly content to finish reading this on my own. I can't wait to read the rest of the books in this series and learn about more animals I didn't ...more
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you've ever wondered about the grosser habits of animals, say herring flatulence, then this book is for you! I love this series that explores some strange creatures based on their features. The format is so fun and kids are drawn right into a book like this. I also like that in the back, Keating challenges our thinking about what is gross, or weird, or bad. Animals are designed to do what they do do after all!
Mary Lee
Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the trickiest one in the series because some gross animals LOOK's what they DO that's gross.

These books will be great for ecosystems, predator/prey/food chains, threats, symbiosis.
Jen McGeown
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Jess did it again! I love her books and all the weird and gross facts I learn!
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: juv-non-fiction
If you like gross, slimy, disgusting things (which I don't!), then this is the book for you. I can see elementary school kids loving this.
Erica Flory
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! I hope there are more books in this series.
Jan 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
The animals were not as gross as I was hoping, overall, but I think kids will love this next entry in Keating's series.
Alyssa Gudenburr
A very cool book about all the different gross animals. This would make a great upper elementary independent read.
Pam  Page
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another fascinating book in Keating's series. I learned that the hagfish is indeed very gross! Kids love these books and they certainly create great questions.
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As a zoologist, author, and illustrator, Jess Keating has been sprayed by skunks, bitten by crocodiles, and victim to the dreaded papercut. Her books blend science, humor, creativity, and adventure, and include the acclaimed My Life is a Zoo middle grade trilogy, the picture book biography, Shark Lady, and the award-winning World

Other books in the series

The World of Weird Animals (4 books)
  • Pink Is for Blobfish: Discovering the World's Perfectly Pink Animals
  • What Makes a Monster?: Discovering the World's Scariest Creatures
  • Cute as an Axolotl: Discovering the World's Most Adorable Animals