Rebecca L. Johnson
- Title: When Lunch Fights Back: Wickedly Clever Animal Defenses
- Author: Rebecca L. Johnson
- ISBN: 9781467721097
- Page: 198
- Format: Hardcover
The octopus spies a nice, tasty mantis shrimp It swims over for a closer look at the small creature Then WHAM the mantis shrimp strikes a nasty blow with its hammer like forelimb The octopus shrinks back, defeated That wasn t such an easy meal after all In nature, good defenses can mean the difference between surviving a predator s attack and becoming its lunThe octopus spies a nice, tasty mantis shrimp It swims over for a closer look at the small creature Then WHAM the mantis shrimp strikes a nasty blow with its hammer like forelimb The octopus shrinks back, defeated That wasn t such an easy meal after all In nature, good defenses can mean the difference between surviving a predator s attack and becoming its lunch Some animals rely on sharp teeth and claws or camouflage But that s only the beginning Meet creatures with some of the strangest defenses known to science How strange Hagfish that can instantaneously produce oodles of gooey, slippery slime frogs that poke their own toe bones through their skin to create claws young birds that shoot streams of stinking poop and .
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Dibs on booktalking this in Thurston County next May. You all did Zombie Makers anyway. ;)---Yup, killer. Fantastic, the kids loved it. Whoever's doing Johnson's graphic design/layout is spot-on. All the kids wanted to hear me talk about it, and I talked about poisonous vomit, not projectile poop, insta-snot, tiny punchers, or hidden claws. Loved it, yes, essential for libraries serving kids who want high appeal nonfiction. The "Science behind the story" is particularly awesome.I'm trying to rem [...]
When Lunch Fights Back – Wickedly Clever Animal Defenses by Rebecca L. Johnson – Non-fiction – 3rd grade and up – Fantastic formatting in this book. Loved the contents- slip-sliming away, concealed weapons, toxic bubbles, master blasters, knockout punch, here’s blood in your eye, of bullies and bait, and meet my bodyguards… they really pull a reader through. Especially science behind the story.
Great pictures and short chapters! Upper elementary and middle school youth will enjoy this book.
Birds that can shoot deadly vomit 6 feet; Newts that can, like Wolverine, push sharpened bones through their skin, only better than Wolverine, their bones drip poison; and fish that can choke a shark with gobs of slime that fill the predator's mouth and gills: these are only three of the amazing animal defenses you'll discover in When Lunch Fights Back. Two page spreads with color photographs outline the dramatic defenses, followed by another two pages that detail the science behind the story. A [...]
When Lunch Fights Back contains all the things my fourth-graders love: animals and discussion about gross things like poison, snot, projectile-vomit, and poop! Aside from the gross-factor, the layout of the book was great. The photographs were amazing(ly gross). This one is certainly a new favorite read aloud!
From the compelling title to the extraordinary illustrations, WHEN LUNCH FIGHTS BACK: WICKEDLY CLEVER ANIMAL DEFENSES by Rebecca L. Johnson is an informational book that immediately grabs the reader’s attention. Even the chapter titles like “slip-sliming away” and “here’s blood in your eye” are designed to shock and entertain.The author uses a short narrative to introduce each creature. Then, a “science behind the story” segment describes the species’ method of defense featurin [...]
When Lunch Fights Back: Wickedly Clever Animal Defenses by Rebecca L. Johnson is a nonfiction book for children. This book introduces readers of all ages to living things with some of the strangest defenses known to science. There are termites that blow themselves up to save the colony, fish that produce copious amounts of slime, lizards that run on water, and much more. Readers that love to learn about nature, animals, and some odd animal abilities will devour this book.When Lunch Fights Back: [...]
If the cover of this book does not intrigue elementary age students, I'm not sure what will capture their attention. It is not difficult to save the photographs in this book are amazing. It is difficult to say they are not creepy. From the hagfish (a primitive eel-like animal), which can pick "up the scent of a dead whale from more than 1 mile away"and then secrete slimed fibers when attacked to (my favoritee I am a TCU fan after all) the Texas Horned Lizard (or TCU Horned Frog) which can squirt [...]
This is a wonderful companion book to Johnson's book Zombie Makers: True Stories of Nature's Undead (Exceptional Science Titles for Intermediate Grades) (Junior Library Guild Selection! The set up is the same - a few pages on each species, first with a true story and then with the (understandable) science. The pictures and topic will sell this book to upper elementary kids!Although this book has an ick factor, it is not as creepy as Zombie Makers: True Stories of Nature's Undead (Exceptional Sci [...]
High kid-appeal in this one! Reading about the fascinating ways that animals defend themselves is pretty addictive. Strong writing and mostly terrific photos (though there were a couple where I couldn't discern what was happening even with helpful arrows).Each animal gets two features. In the first one, a present-tense scene plays out between predator and would-be prey. Dramatic language and great tension make these scenes fun to read. In the second spread, The Science Behind the Story, we get m [...]
If you could choose a superpower, which would you choose? The animal world has developed such protective powers which are rather unusual but effective tools--how about shooting streams of foul-smelling poop out of your butt straight into your enemy's face. Or you could projectile vomit an odiferously vile and sticky substance with deadly accuracy up to 6 feet away! A little cooler is the peacock mantis shrimp whose forelimbs can smash its enemy with "hammers" at 50 miles per hour in 1.8 millisec [...]
From a librarian perspective, I have students that will LOVE this book. It has awesome pictures and a definite "survival of the fittest" tone that will appeal to the tough and scientific minded. For another opinion, I handed this to my third grade son because he loves animals. He read it voraciously (he reads at a higher level than 3rd grade). I asked him what he liked best about this and he said it was cool to learn about all the different animal defense and proceeded to give me a five minute d [...]
Slime, bone claws, poisonous pustules, blasting poop, sticky vomit, streaming blood.These are some of the tactics featured that these curious prey animals utilize. A wonderful way to get kids interested in different animals, biodiversity and predator-prey relationships. With bright, colorful pictures and quick, gross descriptions, kids from the ages of 5-12 will love this. The gross-ness is backed up with simple, scientific facts and the cool jobs that go with it. Even one plant is featured. A g [...]
Grades 4-6I read this book over the last week or so. It's really interesting because it is a nonfiction book about various defense mechanisms that help them survive. While each animal described only has about a page or so, they are each given a narrative story that is very interesting. I would use this in a reading lesson about not judging books by their covers/titles as the cover and title (without the subtitle, which is more clear) of this make it look more like it is about animals attacking r [...]
On page one, the author mentions planet Xenon and defending oneself against hungry aliens. I thought I was in the wrong book, but this was Rebecca Johnson's brilliant way of hooking child video fanatics into reading non-fiction. As if the cover and title, "When Lunch Fights Back", hadn't already done that.This book is filled with fascinating photos and intriguing facts about animals and their unique defense mechanisms. My only criticism is that the book ended way before I was ready to stop learn [...]
In When Lunch Fights Back, this nonfiction book for children explores several anti-predator adaptations, providing a short narrative describing the animal's defense, followed by a brief scientific explanation. While Johnson achieves the gross-out appeal that reluctant readers and upper elementary and middle school boys embrace, the text feels abbreviated and leaves more advanced readers wanting more information. In addition, some of the photographs are unclear and difficult to interpret. This ti [...]
This book is another nonfiction book that will definitely appeal to kids. It has quite a bit of text, but it is written in a very easy to read manner. Many of the facts are in little splatters that are pleasing to the eye to read. There are also a lot of pictures of the creatures. While most of the words are explained in their own sections, there is also a glossary at the back of the book that the students can refer to. There is also an index, so students can get exposed to that on a small scale [...]
Nonfiction for kids doesn't get much better than this. Interesting topic that will pull the reader in and leave them thinking about the world around them and appreciating the diversity of life in new ways. I love the blend of narrative elements to take us into the world of these creatures and the facts (the science behind the story) that explains how these adaptations have helped them to survive and thrive. Great work Rebecca L. Johnson-I'm anxious to read more books like this! (A Maine Student [...]
This is just the creep, crawly, make you cringe type of books that I know boys in my library (and some girls too) will love. It is about animal defense mechanisms, and I love that they use animals that are not normally talked about in these books. Instead of hearing about the Poison Dart Frog, they have a hook toed frog that could scratch your eyes out, or a slime eel that will make you feel like you were in Ghostbusters movies.
This book will have readers grossed out and laughing out loud! A great title informing readers of 'wickedly clever animal defenses', readers will learn things that aren't in your every-day science book. From slime, to eyes that squirt blood, to shooting streams of poop, this book covers everything you didn't know about animal defense. This book will be a gross, but loved, addition to any collection.
Brightly colored photographs, unbelievably true tales, and scientifically simple to understand explanations will have budding scientists eagerly turning each page of When Lunch Fight Backs: Wickedly Clever Animal Defenses. stories of animals emitting slime, feces, and blood to fight off predators will draw in readers of all types. A glossary, list of websites, as well as a list of videos available online will encourage inquisitive readers to continue exploring.
Both Asher (8yo), Dexter (6yo) and their grandfather (68yo) really enjoyed this book. The pictures showing the weird and oft times gross defenses of these animals were a big part of that.First you had the story of the animal and how it defends itself in a scenario, then you had the "science behind the story" explaining how the animal managed to do this.Photos were great!
Read this text through IRA's Teacher Choice Project. Very engaging literary nonfiction text for intermediate/advanced readers. Interesting text structure with each section starting with a narrative of animals in the wild followed by the work of scientists who have researched "the science behind the story." This is not your typical animal defenses book!
The title seems humorous and catchy, but the subtitle explains it all:Wickedly Clever Animal DefensesAimed at Grades 4-8 this well- illustrated book peers into the food chain--marine, mammal, and more- and explains the defenses natural prey have developed to avoid becoming--well, lunch. Easily comprehended and a good reference source.
This book would be perfect for students to learn about animals, especially fascinatingly gross animals. I think this book would be especially intriguing for boys, but I can think of a number of girls that would enjoy it as well. The book contained quite a bit of information on each animal and could easily be used a a starting point for a research project on animals.
Fascinating and well-written, this book will be enjoyed by children and adults alike. It could easily be used in the classroom in conjunction with a science unit, as a partial read aloud to pique student interest, or as an independent read. I'm going to order a copy for my library immediately.
Review at: unleashingreaders/?p=5561This book talks about some truly strange, fascinating, and cool animal defenses on the planet. The illustrations are amazing, and this book is going to definitely be a kid magnet.
This is fantastic nonfiction that will help spice up traditional animal research completed by many students. The animals described are unique, and there is extensive "back matter" to support further investigation.
bookaday #109. This one has definite boy appeal with the assorted body fluids being projected from any and all orifices towards unwary predators! The science behind many of the defense mechanisms is explained. Good NF layout, extensive backmatter, lots of photos.
Great fun with a terrific amount of grossness ;-)
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