The Truth about Dolphins (Truth About Your Favorite Animals)

by Maxwell Eaton (Author) Maxwell Eaton (Illustrator)

Did you know that dolphins find their dinners by using sound to track down the location of their prey? Did you know that baby dolphins are born tail-first? Did you know that each dolphin has a unique whistle (like human fingerprints) that makes them recognizable to other dolphins? Discover these facts and more in The Truth About Dolphins, a new addition to the popular series that combines raucous amounts of humor with a surprising amount of information on beloved animal friends.
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This should prove popular with animal enthusiasts and enhance STEM collections--and it will probably require multiple readings.

Kirkus Reviews

This third in an engaging series of seriously funny facts about your favorite animals will both please and inform.

Horn Book Magazine

Starred Review
The truth is...this series may well inspire a new generation of animal scientists and conservationists.

Publishers Weekly

In this companion to The Truth About Bears and The Truth About Hippos, Eaton offers a tongue-in-cheek investigation of dolphins. Factual statements introduce dolphin behavior and biology: "The whistle is like the dolphin's personal song or name. It helps dolphins recognize their friends." Talking cartoon dolphins demonstrate their talents of communication: "That sounds like Gary," one Pacific white-sided dolphin says to another, who responds, "He still owes me three squid." In another spread, a spinner dolphin from the tropics is pictured reclining on an inflatable chair, enjoying a drink served from a coconut. Elsewhere, readers may be surprised to learn that Arctic water-dwelling orcas are actually a type of dolphin. Eaton's inviting mix of takeaway facts and light humor hits a sweet spot for readers. Ages 4-8. (May)

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Maxwell Eaton
Maxwell Eaton III is an author and illustrator of books for children, including the highly acclaimed Flying Beaver Brothers graphic novel series. He lives with his wife, daughter, and two dogs in the Adirondack Mountains of New York State. Learn more about Max and his books at
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Roaring Brook Press
Publication date
May 20, 2018
Truth about Your Favorite Animals
BISAC categories
JNF003140 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Animals | Mammals
JNF028000 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Humor | General
JNF003150 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Animals | Marine Life
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