Flowers are pretty weird!

Rosemary Mosco

Book - 2022

"Flowers seem pretty in concept, but with each flip of the page readers are welcomed into the side of flowers that is downright weird."--

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Children's Room New Shelf j582.13/Mosco (NEW SHELF) Due Aug 13, 2022
Subjects
Genres
Informational works
Trivia and miscellanea
Illustrated works
Published
Toronto ; New York : Tundra Books [2022]
Language
English
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Issued also in electronic format
ISBN
9780735265943
0735265941
Main Author
Rosemary Mosco (author)
Other Authors
Jacob Souva (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

From the writer and illustrator of Butterflies Are Pretty . . . Gross! (2021) comes the second volume in the Nature's Top Secrets series. The narrator, a rather crotchety bee who promises ever-more-enticing revelations if the readers will just turn the page, encourages viewers to see flowers as "not just pretty . . . They're pretty weird." He extols blossoms, large or small, cute or spooky. The second half of the book spotlights his favorites, including western underground orchids, which are pollinated by termites; duckweed flowers, which can be smaller than grains of salt; and corpse lilies, which smell like rotten meat. As in Sara Levine's Flower Talk (2019), the rather prickly, sometimes amusing narration will capture kids' attention, and the information presented is inherently interesting. The narrator makes bee-related quips, such as, "I've seen flowers so weird, they'll make your six legs shiver. (If you're a bee, that is.)" Stylized digital illustrations reflect the tone of the text while helping viewers visualize the many flowers mentioned. An appealing picture book for certain junior naturalists. Preschool-Grade 3. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Booklist Reviews

From the writer and illustrator of Butterflies Are Pretty . . . Gross! (2021) comes the second volume in the Nature's Top Secrets series. The narrator, a rather crotchety bee who promises ever-more-enticing revelations if the readers will just turn the page, encourages viewers to see flowers as "not just pretty . . . They're pretty weird." He extols blossoms, large or small, cute or spooky. The second half of the book spotlights his favorites, including western underground orchids, which are pollinated by termites; duckweed flowers, which can be smaller than grains of salt; and corpse lilies, which smell like rotten meat. As in Sara Levine's Flower Talk (2019), the rather prickly, sometimes amusing narration will capture kids' attention, and the information presented is inherently interesting. The narrator makes bee-related quips, such as, "I've seen flowers so weird, they'll make your six legs shiver. (If you're a bee, that is.)" Stylized digital illustrations reflect the tone of the text while helping viewers visualize the many flowers mentioned. An appealing picture book for certain junior naturalists. Preschool-Grade 3. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A bee tells it like it is, in this hilarious and refreshing book that contains top-secret information about flowers, which are much stranger than we think and more fascinating, disgusting, complicated and amazing than we could ever imagine. Simultaneous eBook. Illustrations.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

"Flowers are beautiful. They have bright colors, soft petals and sweet nectar...But that's not the whole truth...and one bee is here to let everyone know! Talking directly to the reader, a bee reveals how flowers are so much stranger than what we think. Did you know that there are some flowers that only bloom in the nighttime? Some flowers are spooky, and look like ghosts, or bats, or a monster's mouth"--

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Warning -- this book contains top-secret information about flowers! Prepare to be shocked and weirded out by this hilarious and totally true picture book introduction to some of nature's strangest plants.Flowers are beautiful. They have bright colors, soft petals and sweet nectar. Yum! But that's not the whole truth. Flowers can be WEIRD . . . and one bee is here to let everyone know! Talking directly to the reader, a bee reveals how flowers are so much stranger than what we think. Did you know that there are some flowers that only bloom in the nighttime? Some flowers are spooky, and look like ghosts, or bats, or a monster's mouth. And while most flowers smell good, there are some that smell like dead meat, or even horse poop! This hilarious and refreshing book with silly and sweet illustrations explores the science of flowers and shows that these plants are not always stereotypically pretty and harmless as we often think they are -- they are fascinating, disgusting, complicated and amazing.