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Orangutan Hats and Other Tools Animals Use

By Richard Haynes
Illustrated by Stephanie Laberis

Elephants that remove ticks with sticks? Otters that crack open their lunch with rocks? Crows that slide down a roof on a jar lid—over and over? Take a fascinating look at the use of tools by animals around the world.

Move over, humans! We’re not the only creatures who can invent and use tools to keep ourselves fed, warm, safe, healthy, comfortable—even entertained. Thanks to the careful observations of biologists working in the field, we now know that elephants use sunscreen, long-tailed macaques floss their teeth, assassin bugs use bait to lure their prey, orangutans make pillows, and crows will go sledding just for fun. Who’s the clever one now, eh? Join writer Richard Haynes and illustrator Stephanie Laberis for a walk on the wild side and get ready to be astonished, delighted, and amused by this jam-packed exploration. Interested readers will find a map, an introduction, a glossary, an index, and a bibliography for further investigation.

  • A science book that captures a reader’s attention and imagination by emphasizing the weird and wacky sides of the natural world and the surprising parallels to human innovation and invention
  • A fascinating and engaging look at the many ways various animals use tools to improve daily life, from grooming to self-defense to foraging to simple comforts
  • The accessible text and friendly illustrations will lead kids toward deeper explorations, the pursuit of similarly arresting content, and a new or greater fondness for the nonfiction form

About the author

Richard Haynes grew up on a farm in Pennsylvania, one of nine children. Every day of his boyhood was filled with adventure, much of it in the great outdoors. He is the author of the early chapter book Slingshot and Burp. Richard Haynes lives in Northern California with his wife, author Megan McDonald.

About the illustrator

Stephanie Laberis is a character designer and illustrator who specializes in creating art for animation and children's publications. She is the illustrator of Prudence the Part-Time Cow by Jody Jensen Shaffer as well as the Grumpy Cat books and many other Little Golden Books. Stephanie Laberis lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

ISBN: 9781536200935
Imprint: Candlewick
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Hardback
Release Date: October 6, 2021
Dimensions: 244 x 269mm, 48pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $29.99
New Zealand RRP: $32.99
Stock Level: In Stock

Last updated on 10/10/21 at 23:01:00
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