Published by Millbrook Press
Summary: Thirteen animals are profiled in this poetry collection, from the tiny mosquito to the elephant. Some animals, like the vampire bat, have a reputation for sucking but actually lap up blood from the animals they bite (is that better?). The first poem introduces the concept of sucking, and the final one connects the animals to humans, who start their lives sucking milk. Includes additional information about animals that suck, a list of additional resources, anatomical terms for body parts that suck, a glossary, and a bit more information on each animal. 32 pages; grades 2-5.
Pros: From the team that brought you Eek, You Reek! (about stinky animals) comes a book that is sure to catch the eye of many elementary students. Most of the poems have catchy rhymes (although there’s a haiku thrown in, for the honeybee), and kids will get a kick out of the bug-eyed creatures in the illustrations.
Cons: There’s a certain bloody gross-out factor inherent in the subject matter. You may not want to read this book before sitting down to Thanksgiving dinner and perhaps not too soon after either.