Disgusting Critters: The Slug

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Book Information
Rating: Outstanding
Reading/Interest Level: Primary
Author: Elise Gravel
Publisher: Tundra Books
Year: 2014
ISBN: 9781770496569
Pages: 32

Slugs eat lettuce. Slugs do not have arms and legs, only a body that helps them to move which is called a “foot." Slugs will dry out so they need to live under rocks and in moist places. These are just some of the facts that students will read about in The Slug. In this short book, students learn a variety of facts with cartoon illustrations to aid comprehension. It explains how even though slugs seem disgusting, their features are crucial to their survival. Additionally, slugs are important to our environment, helping plants grow.

The Slug could be considered “faction." It includes true facts, but also has cartoon images and talking animals, which is in the “fiction” category. This book is similar to The Blobfish Book by Jessica Olien. While filled with an abundance of interesting information, the book is short and engaging for a large range of readers. Younger children will feel confident when reading the simple text, while older children will appreciate the material included and learn new things about this unique creature.