Non-Fiction for Reluctant Boy Readers
100 Most Disgusting Things on the Planet: Prepare for the Worst by Anna Claybourne is a book that delights those with a fascination for grossness that occurs in nature. But this book is also a clever guise to get reluctant readers reading and readers of all ages engaged in life science non-fiction. This book gives equal weight to Disgusting Nature as to Disgusting Humans delving into interesting creatures as poo-covered beetles, Surinam toads that hatch their young below a layer of their mother’s skin on their backs to maggot cheese and snot. Yes, this book is hard to resist!
My five-year-old delighted in the factoids and colorful photography of gross stuff. My fourth grader read alongside with the fascination one has for an oncoming train wreck. Each entry gets a full page with “yuck factor,” photograph with captions, and sidebar tips. If your child likes the Guiness Book of World Records, he or she will love this book and it’s much more portable!
If you are looking for books for boys, please check out my Books for Reluctant Boy Readers or my Top 10: Magic School Bus Science Books.
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