Rating: Significant Shortcomings
Reading/Interest Level: Primary
Author: Jody Jensen Shaffer
Publisher: Abdo Publishing
Did you know that bearded dragons have a third eye called a parietal eye? They also have spines that look sharp but are actually soft. Additionally, the only noise that they make is a low hiss when they feel like they are in danger. This book is filled with a variety of facts about bearded dragons. The different chapters include Bearded Dragon Basics, The Life of a Dragon, Dragon Tales, A Dragon’s Home, and Natural and Man-Made Threats.
As far as children’s non-fiction text goes, this one is rather dry. The tone of each page is monotone. It also lacks many non-fiction text features such as graphs and charts, which could enliven the information. On each page, there are colorful, real-life photographs of the bearded dragon featured in an area that the text describes. For example, when the text explains how a bearded dragon communicates to others by waving its front leg, there is a picture demonstrating this for the readers to see. Overall, the bearded dragon seems like a unique creature; however, the text does a poor job of engaging the reader.