In the book world, the month of November is dedicated to reading and sharing non-fiction books. This month I’ll be sharing some non-fiction books that I think would be great for readers, young and old. These books will cover various topics and interests. If you’d like to see previous #NonFicNov posts, click HERE to see more amazing non-fiction books.
Meet the World’s Strongest, Smartest, and Swiftest Creatures
By: Soledad Romero Mariño
Illustrated by: Sonia Pulido
Published: October 5, 2023
The Earth is full of incredible animals including 22 of them that seem to have superpowers. This oversized children’s book features facts about the animals and what makes them super incredible animals. With superpowers such as super strength, super sight, super speed, super metabolism (why can’t I have that?), and super regeneration, these animals can do amazing and unheard-of things to stay safe from predators or to catch animals for their own food supply.
Every animal is assigned a star rating based on their superpowered skills. The animal that received the most stars…7…was the Polar Bear. Rounding out second place with 6 stars included the African Elephant, the Common Vampire Bat, and the Honey Bee. For example, the African Elephant is the giant of the savanna. It only sleeps 2-4 hours a day and that is usually done on its feet! Even though we know the African Elephant is one of the largest animals on Earth, it is also known for many super skills including hearing, smell, touch, intelligence, and strength.
Each page features an illustration of the animal with its strength symbols featured on the image. Then each superpower is explained along with other facts about its size, color, life span, habitat, diet, and more.
One animal is featured on each page spread along with its superpowered skills. Kids will be amazed that an African Elephant can feel vibrations made by other elephants more than 10 kilometers away. A dolphin mom sings to her baby in the womb so when it is born, it will know how to identify its mom. Polar Bears have a third eyelid that acts like sunglasses to filter the bright sunlight that reflects off the ice.
There are some incredible animals on Earth and kids will enjoy learning about their superpowered skills. They may just find a new animal to call their favorite!
Soledad Romero Mariño is an experienced children’s non-fiction author who specializes in ‘best of’ round-up style books. Her works include Awesome Accidents: 19 Discoveries that Changed the World and Famous Robberies: The World’s Most Spectacular Heists.
Illustrator of the international bestseller What a Shell Can Tell, Sonia Pulido has proven market success with Phaidon books. Her illustrations have appeared in publications globally, including the New Yorker and the New York Times. In 2020, Pulido won the Spanish National Illustration Award.