Book Review: The Fascinating Animal Book for Kids by Ginjer L. Clarke


The Fascinating Animal Book for Kids by Ginjer L. Clarke

500 Wild Facts!

Rockridge Press (January 7, 2020)

Children’s Zoology Books/Nonfiction Animal Books



From anteaters to zebras—incredible facts packed with pictures

Are you a budding zookeeper or veterinarian, or are you just WILD about animals? Everything that animal books for kids ages 9-12 should be, The Fascinating Animal Book for Kids is packed with colorful photos and 500 ferocious facts about creatures from all over the world.

Unlike other animal books for kids ages 9-12, all the super cool facts inside are organized by type of animal, so you can quickly find the critters you want to study.

Animal books for kids ages 9-12 should be fun and educational. In this one, you’ll learn super cool facts like:

  • Snow leopardskeep themselves warm by wrapping their tails around their bodies like scarves.
  • Firefliesuse their lights to talk to each other.
  • Immortal jellyfishcan live forever. They grow to adulthood and then shrink back to babies, over and over again.

Look no further for fun and colorful animal books for kids ages 9-12—this one has you covered.





There are quick facts about many animals, some are a one-line fact. You’re not going to get in depth information for each animal but you will get interesting and not-as-well known facts.  Beautiful pictures and fun facts. Children will be drawn to the pictures and the fonts used. Thick book, 200 pages, with quality paper. A good addition to any home/school/public library. Well done!

Reviewed by Comfy Chair Books/Lisa Reigel (January 17, 2020)

ARC provided by Publisher



ginerGinjer L. Clarke writes fun, fact-filled nonfiction beginning readers about weird, wonderful animals. Her love for strange creatures started early, as the first story she remembers writing in the third grade was “The Strange Animal” about a small, pink-spotted imaginary creature called a Woofa. She loves that her job entails visiting zoos and aquariums, reading lots of books, and even watching TV for research. And she can work at home in her pajamas, which is a lifelong dream!

Ginjer’s books, most of which are part of the newly rebranded Penguin Young Readers series, have sold a combined total of almost 3 million copies worldwide. Her books Freak Out! and Gross Out! were on Publisher’s Weekly’s 2006 and 2007 lists of top 100 best-selling children’s books. Her book Platypus! (Random House Step into Reading) was awarded the Maryland Library Association’s 2005 Blue Crab Young Reader Award for Nonfiction and was selected by the National Science Teachers Association as recommended classroom reading. Her books have been favorably reviewed in Booklist, Horn Book, School Library Journal, Children’s Literature, and regional newspapers and magazines.

Ginjer is an experienced and engaging school, library, and conference presenter, who has appeared at many elementary schools, regional reading and writing conferences, statewide book festivals, bookstores and libraries, and even a zoo. She is a graduate of James Madison University and lives in Richmond, Virginia, with her husband, young son, and several silly-looking pets.

Connect with me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter at /@#ginjerclarkebooks



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