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Beavers, the first book in the new middle-grade nonfiction Superhero Field Guide series by Rachel Poliquin and award-winning illustrator Nicholas John Frith, is a delightfully informative,...
Beavers, the first book in the new middle-grade nonfiction Superhero Field Guide series by Rachel Poliquin and award-winning illustrator Nicholas John Frith, is a delightfully informative,...
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  • Beavers, the first book in the new middle-grade nonfiction Superhero Field Guide series by Rachel Poliquin and award-winning illustrator Nicholas John Frith, is a delightfully informative, laugh-out-loud full-color look at the most unsuspecting of animal heroes, perfect for readers who like their facts served with a large dose of humor.

 

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  • Rachel Poliquin has a PhD in the history of science and has written about subjects including taxidermy, heroic sled dogs, and unruly beavers. Visit rachelpoliquin.com.
    Nicholas John Frith lives and works on the coast of Dorset, England. Like Elmer, he loves the great outdoors. His superpowers include Super Snoozing! Visit nicholasjohnfrith.com.

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  • Kirkus

    September 15, 2018
    Who knew the life and times of the beaver could be so fascinating?Poliquin and Frith have created a nonfiction page-turner in this fascinating guide to Castor canadensis (and, to some extent, their Eurasian counterparts, Castor fiber). The facts unfold via the story of a Canadian beaver named Elmer and his partner of six years, Irma. Elmer and Irma are introduced to readers as superheroes of the animal kingdom, with a series of superpowers that include "chainsaw teeth," an "ever-toiling tail," and "paws of power." Although these examples may sound grandiose, Poliquin explains the importance of each in easily digestible chapters that inform and entertain. A gender-equalizing break in Chapter 6 reminds readers that while Elmer may be the star of the book, the same facts are all true for Irma as well. Quizzes throughout test readers' abilities to retain information (and there's a note in the third quiz reminding readers not to write in a library book). Frith's illustrations are an homage to the commercial-art stylings of the late 1950s and early '60s. The designs--a mixture of black ink, pencil, and wax crayon on paper (with digital color)--are amusing but a little too reminiscent of the last century, as every human character in the book is default white. It's a sour taste in an otherwise deliciously sweet dessert. The backmatter provides a glossary and a bibliography but, alas, no pronunciation guide. Well worth the purchase. (Nonfiction. 8-12)

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    November 1, 2018

    Gr 2-5-In this guide to a beaver's "superpowers," a nameless woman identifies and explains what is remarkable about beavers, as exemplified by a fictional pair she calls Elmer and Irma. The narrator introduces each superpower, or trait, by describing it as a special ability, then explaining how it works. Text boxes and quizzes are interspersed throughout and add a bit of fun. The illustrations, which have a vintage look to them, alternate between comic depictions of rodents and more detailed diagrams that identify different physical features of beavers and their habitats. The text is clear and friendly, though it occasionally tries too hard to be cute. The book's usefulness for students is hampered by the lack of a table of contents but it is helped by a clear glossary and a detailed further reading section. VERDICT Though it might take some hand selling, this is a serviceable addition to most libraries.-Sheri Reda, Wilmette Public Library, IL

    Copyright 2018 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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