I love novel books which get kids interested in STEAM, and because of that, I had high expectations of Philip Bunting’s (Amazon affiliate link) The World’s Most Pointless Animals. And let’s just say, the illustrations and layout are on point. Visually, this is an appealing book for kids. It also has some great science facts included, and the majority of kids out there are drawn to cool science facts about animals. Two scores for Bunting! However, beyond that, the entire book just has a disparaging tone. Rather than celebrating the diversity of life on the planet and all of the cool adaptations animals have evolved with, the author make derogatory comments. Add in the intended target age range, and you aren’t setting kids up to enjoy STEAM. Read this book with a cup of salt.
Disclaimer: An advance copy was provided by Quarto Publishing Group.