Never Smile at a Monkey: And 17 Other Important Things to Remember

Never Smile at a Monkey And Other Important Things to Remember When it comes to wild animals everyone knows that there are certain things you just don t do It s clearly a bad idea to tease a tiger pull a python s tail or bother a black widow spider But do you

  • Title: Never Smile at a Monkey: And 17 Other Important Things to Remember
  • Author: Steve Jenkins
  • ISBN: 9780618966202
  • Page: 468
  • Format: Hardcover
  • When it comes to wild animals, everyone knows that there are certain things you just don t do It s clearly a bad idea to tease a tiger, pull a python s tail, or bother a black widow spider But do you know how dangerous it can be to pet a platypus, collect a cone shell, or touch a tang fish Some creatures have developed unusual ways of protecting themselves or catching pWhen it comes to wild animals, everyone knows that there are certain things you just don t do It s clearly a bad idea to tease a tiger, pull a python s tail, or bother a black widow spider But do you know how dangerous it can be to pet a platypus, collect a cone shell, or touch a tang fish Some creatures have developed unusual ways of protecting themselves or catching prey, and this can make them unexpectedly hazardous to your health In this dynamic and fascinating picture book by Steve Jenkins, you ll find out what you should never do if you encounter one of these surprisingly dangerous animals.

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    1. I love Steve Jenkins; books!This is a fun (and potentially scary) science/nature book for school aged kids. There is a short introduction, then in one or two pages each it covers 18 animals with an illustration and a short paragraph about what not to do and why to do so would be dangerous, and then there’s a section at the end, also with illustrations, that gives somewhat more in depth information for each animal described in the earlier section of the book. At the end, there’s a short for f [...]

    2. Ladies and gentlemen do you know what your children desire? What they really want and so often are unable to attain? Practical advice. I don’t mean the kind of standard parlor fare they hear so often every day (“Don’t chew with your mouth open”, “Don’t poke the baby”, “Don’t attempt asbestos removal on your own”, etc.). I'm talking about practical advice for surviving in the wild. Here’s an example. You’re in a boat, floating down the Nile, and you suddenly find yourself [...]

    3. Did you know that hippos kill more people in Africa than any other wild animal? That is why you should never harass a hippopotamus! Did you know that the spitting cobra can spit its venom accurately for more than eight feet, and it aims for the eyes? That is why you should never stare at a spitting cobra! Cool, huh? I loved learning these and other facts while reading this great book by Steve Jenkins. This is another book he has written for older children, but in this one he resolved my one comp [...]

    4. As a kid I probably would have loved this. I adored anything having to do with "fastest" "largest" "slowest" "strongest" etc. So, how cool to have a book about 18 dangerous (and possibly deadly) creatures.Things I liked:The book doesn't just focus on "typical" animals. Meaning, we learn about the cone shell, the cane toad and the electric caterpillar. And, of the more familiar animals, we get specifics: instead of just a snake, instead of just a cobra, it's a spitting cobra. Instead of just jell [...]

    5. I'm giving this four stars because I think it is well done, although I didn't particularly like it myself. I think that, for some kids, this will be a really fun and interesting way to learn about different creatures. I know there is appeal in learning about dangerous animals, and what makes them dangerous. I appreciate that Jenkins focused on how these are adaptation for the animals to survive in the wild and that most of them are not viscous because they are "bad" or "monsters". He writes in a [...]

    6. This book is really interesting. It talks about all these different, random animals that can kill you and how they can kill you. I learned so much.

    7. Just as terrific, or terrifying, as you'd expect it to be. I mean, the animals are shown isolated, no gore or anything, but still. And there is further info. about each in the back, and even a bibliography for more reading if you still have a need for more thrills. Is it a testosterone thing? I got enough from these few pages!

    8. Grade/interest level: Middle school (6th-7th)Reading level: Fountas and Pinnell, W,X,Y Lexile: 920Genre: Picture, informational, non-fictionThis is an information book about a few different types of animals people would not normally expect to be dangerous and the actions that antagonize them. It explains how a bunch of potentially harmless animals such as a platypus, a caterpillar and a toad could be harmless to humans. This is a picture book, which is a different, potentially more exciting for [...]

    9. My niece liked Never Smile at a Monkey more than my nephew did. She liked that it told you all kinds of facts about animals that pertained to how they protect themselves, and this *was* interesting and educational, even for me. I had no idea that platypuses have poisonous spines on their back legs!Never Smile at a Monkey was a bit intense for my little nephew, though. Many of the paragraphs about the animals ended by implanting the idea of "serious injury, or even death to humans," and this was [...]

    10. I'm actually waiting for this book to be delivered to my library from the MN-Link intra-library system and honestly, I can't wait. I seriously cannot wait. I am terrified that between now and when it arrives I will come across a platypus or cone shell or some other animal and do exactly the wrong thing and be killed within moments. I'm not sure how we all live our lives without this book.Katie is doing this assignment in her class called Read-O. It's like Bingo but with books. There's a chart wi [...]

    11. Another great book by Steve Jenkins with information and illustrations that will intrique both children and adults. This book tells about how animals protect themselves and what you should do if you come face to face with one of these animals. For instance - do you know why you should never pet a platypus or corner a cassowary or smile at a monkey? Jenkins' answers and explanations are short and to the point and very interesting. Additional information at the end of the book gives more informati [...]

    12. Funny, alarming, great to look at - everything you expect from Steve Jenkins. My kids sat and made a list of Places Not to Go based on the habitats of the bad-tempered, venomous, sharp-featured, combative, paranoid, and/or fiercely territorial beasts of this book. Why the hell is there a 2-inch-long caterpillar that can KILL a human? I'm asking! Where's the evolutionary advantage in that?

    13. LOVE THIS BOOK.1. It's Steve Jenkins. I could stop there, but I won't. Alliteration. Fantastic vocabulary. Amazing and wonderful animal facts. Put this in the hands of your school's Gifted Teacher, and he or she will love you. Forever. I promise.

    14. Awards the book has received (if any): o Flicker Tale Children’s Book Award Nominee for Non-Fiction (2011)o Society of Illustrators Original Art Showo Junior Library Guild Selection 2009 SelectionAppropriate grade level(s):1st grade-5th grade Original 3-line summary: This non-fiction book gives advice on what animals people should not interact with due to the animals non-obvious dangers. The animals that are shown throughout the book are not traditional animals children would be familiar with. [...]

    15. This book by Steve Jenkins is purely amazing and fun. It is an informational book but in a different way then other informational books. He includes many facts about each animal and why they can be dangerous. Its a great way to teach children how some animals, although small or innocent looking can still be dangerous. The images are all illustrated by making collages and are very colorful, they demonstrate all the features of the animals. The different font sizes make it more interesting to look [...]

    16. Summary: This book is about certain facts about certain animals. Classroom Integration: This informational text would be great to use in a classroom regarding science. This text gives a great detail description of what not to do around certain animals. Mentor Writing Traits: For this text, the specific mentor writing trait would be presentation and word choice. The physical appearance of the text is amazing. . Reading and Writing Tool: Students could read/research more information on the certain [...]

    17. This informational text gives important information about what not to do with wild animals. It raises awareness that not all animals are like our cuddly pets at home. The illustrations are cut and torn paper collages and they give important information as far as what these animals actually are (and they are beautiful). This book gives information about animals, specifically wild ones, that can be dangerous.

    18. This picture book captures young readers and even adults that are curious about why we shouldn't smile at monkeys. This book is very interesting and some of the information in the book is hard to believe that is real. The many facts you learn in this book may not be used from a day to day standard but are interesting nonetheless. The pictures in this book are what makes it so fun to read to me.

    19. - textured front- Very blunt information about how all the animals mentioned can kill you- Accurate back matterI loved the collage artwork and educational yet fun text

    20. I study monkeys. And it's true you shouldn't smile at one. But geez this book is a buzzkill. Too much for a picture book, in my opinion!

    21. I loved this book, and I think many students will to. I have always been interested in know what to do to survive in the wild, and I think many students will be interested too. The illustrations were also so beautifully done.

    22. Book Title: Never Smile at a Monkey*Short Description of the Book: This book uses a list format of things to NEVER do with wild animals. Each page begins with the warning of something to never do and is followed with the facts supporting why one should never do this thing. I think that my students would enjoy this book because it is a different format than anything that we have ever read before, and they love to make lists. FOCUS: Features I would Use in a Mini-Lesson: 1-Informational Text Struc [...]

    23. When searching for informational picture book’s I came across Never Smile at a Monkey by Steve Jenkins. At first I was somewhat skeptical of the book as it contained the defense mechanism of seventeen animals, some of which were explained in a slightly graphic way, but I still decided to give the book a try. After inspecting the book however, my feelings began to change as I realized this book could be used as a viable resource for both parents and teachers. Children often react on impulse, ge [...]

    24. Never Smile at a Monkey is a cleverly written book identifying the interesting ways animals have adapted to deal with threatening situations. While it may be common sense to leave dangerous animals alone like lions, tigers, and bears, there are other unsuspecting animals that have developed harmful ways of dealing with predators. This book teaches the reader about such organisms as the cane toad, the cassowary, and the electric caterpillar, and presents their defenses in rhythmic fashion like "n [...]

    25. I read a book each week for mentor sentence review. After reading the book, we analyze a sentence for parts of speech, sentence structure, and other things. Generally, I have read books that tell a story or some have been historical in nature. This was the first one, I wasn't sure if my students would like it. Each animal is drawn and then it tells how dangerous they can be. My fourth graders knew some of them, but were very drawn to the facts in this book. It was fun to relate things back to th [...]

    26. BIBLIOGRAPHYJenkins, Steve. 2009. NEVER SMILE AT A MONKEY. New York, NY: Houghton Mifflin Books. ISBN 9780618966202. PLOT SUMMARYMost people would probably never think it would be dangerous to collect cone shells. Did you know that if you smile at a monkey, they interpret that as you being combative? Jenkins brings us into the world of 18 animals, some dangerous some you always thought were harmless. Jenkins creates a concept book around the simple topic of dangerous animals you may not have sus [...]

    27. Never Smile at a monkey by Steve Jenkins is an attention grabber, just from the title it enlightens the curiosity of readers to explore this informational text! Elaborating on multiple facts about mammals, amphibians, and reptiles Steve jobs explores the wildlife most dangerous creatures and why they are fatal! The striking images of each animal including the unique soft pastel colors used to show the texture of each animal is amazing, I can see how any 2nd – fifth grader would want to find ou [...]

    28. Never Smile at a Monkey (2009) by Steve JenkinsInformationalThis book covers eighteen animals, explaining what not to and what you should never do to the specific animal and why to do so would be dangerous. The book goes over a variety of animals from a platypus, to a cone shell, and even a hippopotamus. The book contains a section at the end that gives a more in depth description and information, for each animal described in the earlier section of the book. • This book is a fun way to teach k [...]

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