Danny Dodo's Detective Diary: Learn All about Extinct and Endangered Animals

by Rob Hodgson (Author)

Danny Dodo's Detective Diary: Learn All about Extinct and Endangered Animals
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

Danny Dodo is a detective on a mission. Over the years, thousands of amazing animals have disappeared. Where did they go? What happened to them? And why did they vanish? It's Danny's job to find out--and he needs readers to help him! Danny Dodo's Detective Diary includes stories about missing animals like Skye the passenger pigeon, whose flock was so big it could block out the sun; Lily the tree snail, muse of Hawaii whose shimmering shell inspired poetry; and Mayleen the Baiji river dolphin, known to many as the "Goddess of the Yangtze." But Danny doesn't only want to celebrate his extinct buddies, he's going to help everyone get to know some of his endangered friends too--and he's counting on his readers to keep a helpful eye on them.

Featuring the charming illustrations of Rob Hodgson, Danny Dodo's Detective Diary stands apart with its colorful creatures and humorous approach to zoology based on the latest scientific research, and it includes handy tips for young children on what they can do to help the planet.

School Library Journal

Gr 1-3--Readers can learn about extinct and endangered animals in this cute diary-like guide as Danny Dodo travels around the globe introducing animals like black rhinos, moas, parrots, frogs and toads, Tasmanian tigers, and more. Each animal is addressed by name (Madam Mayleen, Small Paul, etc.), and their environments, activities, food sources, and the cause of their devastation is presented. The book includes a glossary of terms and an index as back matter, and an interesting table of contents that features every animal displayed with their names and page numbers scattered over the page. The illustrations are colorful and reminiscent of the work of Eric Carle. The text also includes information about the differences between endangered, extinct, and vulnerable species. A short guide on how to help the planet covers the topics of habitat loss, climate change, pollution, and more. VERDICT A cute addition to nonfiction sections where books on animals are popular.--Kristin Joy Anderson, Lewis Univ., Romeoville, IL

Copyright 2021 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.
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Thames & Hudson
Publication date
June 20, 2021

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