The attributes of 28 different lizards are revealed in this STEM nonfiction picture book, while the story provides a subtle message encouraging children to be true to their own nature. The actions of 28 lizard species–the flying dragon that swoops through the air, the shingleback that sticks out its blue tongue to scare predators, the basilisk that can race across the surface of water–invite readers to act like a lizard themselves. The text by noted author April Pulley Sayre asks: “Can you run like a lizard? Sun like a lizard? Bob your head like a lizard?” Featuring brilliantly colorful, textured artwork by illustrator Stephanie Laberis, the book also includes extensive back matter with further information about the featured lizard species–their size, geographical range, why they perform the various actions introduced in the text–as well as details about lizards in general.
April Pulley Sayre is an award-winning author of more than fifty-five natural history books for children and adults, including <i>Raindrops Roll</i>; <i>Best in Snow</i>; <i>Full of Fall</i>; <i>Rah, Rah, Radishes!</i>; <i>Go, Go, Grapes!</i>; <i>Let’s Go Nuts!</i>; <i>Warbler Wave</i>; <i>Bloom Boom!</i>; <i>Being Frog</i>; and <i>Feel the Fog</i>. April and her husband, native plants expert Jeff Sayre, love science and adventure. Visit her at AprilSayre.com.
Stephanie Laberis is an illustrator and character designer who specializes in creating art for animation, children’s publications, and toys. She is the illustrator of Prudence the Part-Time Cow by Jody Jensen Shaffer. She lives in San Francisco. stephsketches.blogspot.com