Sniff, Lick & Scratch

Julia Garstecki and illustrated by Chris Monroe
AUD $23.99
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Sniff, Lick & Scratch! is the book parents and educators will turn to to explain the less majestic behaviors witnessed in the animal kingdom—and sneak in a little STEM learning while they're at it.

Do flies really puke on our food when we’re not looking? And why do dogs sniff each other’s behinds? The companion book to Pick, Spit & Scratch answers these and many of the other most pressing questions young readers have about the animal kingdom—specifically, do animals really do all those nasty things we hear about, and why?

As with the disgusting habits of humans, there’s a bit of science behind the strange things that animals do. Each spread describes a specific naughty-by-nature habit and provides multilayered reading opportunities in the form of one or two weird, disgusting facts that ratchet up the gross factor by connecting animal habits with relatable concepts. In many cases, the author even debunks commonly held myths about the animal habits described and, in the process, shows that these animal habits, though disgusting to us humans, are really matters of evolution and survival.

Have a question about a specific icky animal behavior? A glossary and index make Sniff, Lick & Scratch a great reference.

Kids will get a thrill out of exclaiming "Eww!" as they read this book. Parents will love that their children are reading and engaged in scientific inquiry.

Author bio:


Julia Garstecki is an experienced teacher and author of dozens of nonfiction books for children, including Science in a Jar; Pick, Spit & Scratch; Sniff, Lick & Scratch; and Burp, Spit & Fart. She has also written several parenting pieces for various magazines. Publications include Thrive, Westchester Parent, and Mothering in the Middle. Her humor column “How Did I Get Here” appeared in the Jamestown Gazette.

Julia completed her undergraduate work at Michigan State University, where she earned her degree in Elementary Education while minoring in both English and Biology. Her graduate degree focused on reading instruction and she later earned her certification for special education.
Chris Monroe is the author of seven children's picture books, including Monkey with a Tool Belt, Monkey with a Tool Belt and the Maniac Muffins, Monkey with a Tool Belt and the Noisy Problem, Monkey with a Tool Belt and the Seaside Shenanigans, Sneaky Sheep, and Bug on a Bike. Her Monkey with a Tool Belt books will be appearing as a Netflix series. Chris is the illustrator of Young Voyageur's Pick, Spit & Scratch, Sniff, Lick & Scratch, and Burp, Spit & Fart. Chris is also the illustrator of picture books by authors Kevin Kling, Jane Yolen, and Janice Levy.

Category: Children’s & educational
ISBN: 9780760363454
Publisher: Quarto US
Imprint: Voyageur Press
Pub Date: November 2018
Format: Paperback
Age: 7 - 12
Subject: Children's, Teenage & educational