The slug

Elise Gravel

Book - 2014

The Slug is a look at the land slug. It covers such topics as the slug's two pairs of tentacles, one pair for seeing, one pair for smelling (it can see you're a kid and smell like broccoli), its breathing hole (on the side of its head!), and its pretty gross mucous covering (in order to find a partner, the slug can follow another slug's mucous trail. True love!). Although silly and off-the-wall, The Slug contains real information that will tie in with curriculum.

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Series
Disgusting critters.
Subjects
Published
Toronto, Ontario : Tundra Books [2014]
Language
English
French
Item Description
Translation of: La limace.
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 22 cm
Issued also in electronic format
ISBN
9781770496552
1770496556
Main Author
Elise Gravel (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

The slug is one ugly bug. It is a disgusting critter and thus fits perfectly as the fourth entry in the Disgusting Critters series. While the slug is the bane of a gardener's existence, it has a purpose in the cycle of decay in the plant and animal kingdoms. In this irreverent, humorous, minimalist (both in text and use of colors) introduction to the slug, Gravel textually and graphically describes its parts, use of mucus, reproduction process, and purpose. The cartoonlike illustrations and text bubbles give the slug personality, while varied font sizes and styles provide the information. Probably the grossest, but funniest, illustration is when the slug meets the snotty-nosed baby. That's the two-page spread that a child will likely thrust into the face of a friend, hoping to get a loud response of "GROSS!" or "YUCK!" If a librarian or teacher is looking for an informational book for research, this isn't it; but, it is a great, fun way to engage readers and share giggles. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Booklist Reviews

This entry in the Disgusting Critters series (following The Slug, The Worm, and The Fly, all 2014) introduces readers to the black rat (Rattus rattus) through simple text and zany cartoon illustrations. Here the factual text plays straight man to the goings-on and speech bubbles of the imaginative illustrations. For example, "The rat's tail is long, hairless, and very agile . . . it's almost like having a fifth paw," is accompanied by a cartoon image of Debbie the rat (tail inserted in nostril), who states, "It's also very useful when I want to pick my nose." Other spreads detail this mammal's teeth, food preferences, athletic prowess, intelligence, and usefulness to humans. Gravel (Adopt a Glurb!, 2010), whose art won Canada's 2012 Governor General's Literary Award for Children's Illustration, has created a title with great kid-appeal. Share with browsers or hand to beginning readers looking for something a little different for that animal report. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 2–4—These easy-to-read titles aim to amuse and inform in tandem. A cartoon rat or slug provides silly commentary to accompany an array of factoids about its respective subjects' physical characteristics and life style. (While the narrator explains that rats are enamored of human foodstuffs and garbage, this protagonist requests "more delicious electrical wire in tomato sauce.") Rat reproduction is mentioned nowhere, and as for slugs, well, the information is ambiguous. Looking "to find a partner and have babies," this slug hero/heroine (being both) follows another slug's mucus trail and then "lays its eggs." The book fails to discuss contact between the slugs, which will surely result in many questions from young readers. Still, gently amusing and somewhat informative, these cartoon books will find a home in many a classroom library and will meet the basic needs for those children who dread nonfiction book reports.—Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY [Page 147]. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 1–2—This series adds two more to its lineup of silly, whimsical facts. The cartoon illustrations and use of speech bubbles make for a winning mixture of entertainment and information. Bold colors and fonts draw attention to important words, which beginning readers will find useful. Humor abounds in both titles. In Spider, the sentence "Some spiders even mimic their prey" is accompanied by an image of an arachnid pretending to be a burger as it stalks its prey (with the speech bubble reading, "Hee hee, he doesn't suspect a thing!"). Lice states that these insects are about the size of a sesame seed, while a text bubble reads, "I might be small, but to your parents, I'm scarier than a lion." The illustrations depict a louse on one page and a large lion paw on the next to add context. Ample spacing throughout makes for an effective layout. VERDICT The comic charm will appeal to a wide berth of new and reluctant readers.—Melissa Smith, Royal Oak Public Library, MI [Page 178]. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 1–3—These easy-to-read entrants feature caricature-like cartoon illustrations that appealingly depict worms and flies. The brief text imparts information and is accompanied by chatty asides from the subjects ("I'll have the garbage juice soup for starters…" states a fly as it scans a restaurant menu, while an earthworm, after being told that humans use worms as bait and that some even enjoy eating them, protests, "Delicious? No, no, no!"). Readers will find these titles fun to peruse and will pick up some useful material on the subjects, along with a tasty soupçon of icky-ness.—Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY [Page 137]. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Introduces slugs, describing what they look like, what they eat, how they move, and how they protect themselves from predators.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

One in a series of humorous books about disgusting creatures, The Slug is a look at the land slug. It covers such topics as the slug's two pairs of tentacles, one pair for seeing, one pair for smelling (it can see you're a kid and smell like broccoli), its breathing hole (on the side of its head!), and its pretty gross mucous covering (in order to find a partner, the slug can follow another slug's mucous trail. True love!). Although silly and off-the-wall, The Slug contains factual information that will both amuse and teach at the same time.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

One in a series of humorous books about disgusting creatures, The Slug is a look at the land slug. It covers such topics as the slug's two pairs of tentacles, one pair for seeing, one pair for smelling (it can see you're a kid and smell like broccoli), its breathing hole (on the side of its head!), and its pretty gross mucous covering (in order to find a partner, the slug can follow another slug's mucous trail. True love!). Although silly and off-the-wall, The Slug contains factual information that will both amuse and teach at the same time.